The hard-boiled tough talking private eye was created by many writers. These men lived on the verge of respectability, were often smart-mouthed tough guys who were sometimes taken for a ride by an equally hard-boiled dame! Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade and Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe originated in the same time frame in the 1920s. Marlowe was played on screen by many actors, but never better than by Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep. Of course it is no coincidence that Bogey also excelled at Sam Spade (the Hammett creation) in The Maltese Falcon.
Of course The Private Eye Marlowe is quite a talker himself!
The language spoken by Sam Spade is enough to get you chuckling and wishing you could smart talk with as much facility!
Sam Spade: I don’t mind a reasonable amount of trouble.
Sam Spade (to Brigid): You know, that’s good, because if you actually were as innocent as you pretend to be, we’d never get anywhere.
Sam Spade: I hope they don’t hang you, precious, by that sweet neck. Yes, angel, I’m gonna send you over. The chances are you’ll get off with life. That means if you’re a good girl, you’ll be out in 20 years. I’ll be waiting for you. If they hang you, I’ll always remember you.
Brigid O’Shaughnessy: Help me.
Sam Spade: You won’t need much of anybody’s help. You’re good. Chiefly your eyes, I think, and that throb you get in your voice when you say things like ‘Be generous, Mr. Spade.’
If you have not seen either the Maltese Falcon by John Huston or The Big Sleep by Howard Hawkes, do yourself a HUGE favor and find these gems. Mr. Bogart will not disappoint you as either Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe!