By Lars Dalseide | June 24 2010 10:00

National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica and Senior Curator Phil Schreier made news this morning when they unveiled the iconic Maltese Falcon. On loan from California collector Dr. Mylan, the Falcon has long served as a symbol of Hollywood glamour and the film noir movement. Now it will be on display at the National Firearms Museum with the rest of our exciting new Hollywood Guns exhibit through next summer.

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The Maltese Falcon, directed by John Huston in 1941, starred Hollywood legends Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. Crowned as one of the best films ever made by noted movie critic Roger Ebert, the Falcon marked the beginning of the “film noir” genre, which focused on the dark, dramatic, and glamorous side of crime mysteries.

Based on the 1930 Dashiell Hammett novel of the same name, The Maltese Falcon follows the shrewd, dashing private eye Sam Spade (Bogart) as he tries to find out who killed his partner Miles Archer. Along the way, he's intercepted by a devilish woman and collection of bad guys who are trying to find the falcon -- a jewel-encrusted statue intended for Charles V in the sixteenth century. Spade follows a trail of murder and intrigue to stop those who are attempting to steal the Falcon to feed their own greed.

It's a wonderful tale filled with twists, turns, and "the stuff that dreams are made of."

Stop by the National Firearms Museum and get your own look at a true piece of Hollywood history.


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