By Danielle Sturgis | October 15 2010 08:47

The Maltese Falcon Phil Schreier, Senior Curator of the NRA National Firearms Museum, gets asked a lot of questions. Since the Ruger Gallery debuted Hollywood Guns, many of these questions are related to firearms made famous by the silver screen. 

Hollywood Guns has more than firearms, though: the Maltese Falcon arrived at the Museum in June. Watch local FOX 5 coverage of the unveiling.  

"The falcon gets a lot of attention, with several Museum visitors making the drive to the Museum to see it, and staying to see the rest of the gallery," Schreier said. "For a limited time, visit the Museum and check out this iconic bird." 

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. 

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