MOVIE: "The Maltese Falcon" (1941)

CONTEXT: Having watched people kill one another for a prized statue that turned out to be a forgery, Spade wryly quotes Shakespeare to note the futility of chasing after something that may not even exist.

DOES IT ENDURE? Well, sure, it's Shakespeare.

IS THERE A BETTER LINE? Oh, sure. "The Maltese Falcon" is one of the most quotable detective movies ever made, and that's really saying something. Bogart's lines alone could fill this page - "I don't mind a reasonable amount of trouble," "The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter" and "What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?" are all stone classics. There's also Sydney Greenstreet's observation about closed-mouthed men ("Talking's something you can't do judiciously, unless you keep in practice") and pretty much everything Peter Lorre says.

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