The Maltese Falcon

Movie Script : The Maltese Falcon ( scene between Humphrey Bogart & Sidney Greenstreet)

WILMER: Here he is, Mr. Gutman -- the guy who was talkin' to the dame and the Greek.

GUTMAN: Ah! Mr. Spade!


GUTMAN: We begin well, sir. I distrust a man who talks too much.

SPADE: I like to talk.

GUTMAN: Of course, talking's something you can't do judiciously - unless you keep in practice.

SPADE: Yeah.

GUTMAN: Now, sir, we'll talk if you like. And I'll tell you right out that I'm a man [who] likes talking to a man who likes to talk.

SPADE: Swell. Will we talk about the black bird?

GUTMAN: You're the man for me, sir. No beating about the bush, right to the point. Let us talk about the black bird, by all means. Mr. Spade, have you any conception of how much money can be got for that black bird?


GUTMAN: Well, sir, if I told you -- if I told you half, you'd call me a liar.

SPADE: (WITH A CHUCKLE) No, no. Not even if I thought so. But you just tell me what it is and I'll figure out the profits.

GUTMAN: You mean you don't know what that bird is?

SPADE: Well, I know what it's supposed to look like. I know the value in human life you people put on it.

GUTMAN: Miss O'Shaughnessy didn't tell you what it is? And Cairo didn't, either?

SPADE: He offered me ten thousand for it.

GUTMAN: (SCOFFS) Ten thousand! (CHUCKLES) And dollars, mind you, not even pounds. (SERIOUS) They must know what it is. Or do they? What is your impression?

SPADE: I can't tell. They're both lying.

GUTMAN: If they don't know, I'm the only one in the whole wide, sweet world who does.

SPADE: Swell. When you've told me, that'll make two of us.

GUTMAN: Mathematically correct, sir. But I don't know for certain that I'm going to tell you.

SPADE: Oh, don't be foolish. You know what it is and I know where it is. That's why I'm here.

GUTMAN: Well, sir, where is it?

SPADE: (CHUCKLES) Don't be silly.

GUTMAN: You see, I must tell you what I know but you will not tell me what you know. That is hardly equitable, sir. No, no. I don't think we can do business along those lines.

SPADE: (SUDDENLY VIOLENTLY ANGRY) Yeah? Well, think again and think fast. I can get along without you! And keep that gunsel away from me while you're makin' up your mind! I'll kill him!

GUTMAN: Well, sir, I must say you have a most violent temper.

SPADE: Well, what are you wasting time for?! You've got till 5:30, then you're either in or out for keeps!

(Noir MUSIC)

SPADE: (NARRATES) Three characters and a black bird. Well, all I knew was, my partner was dead and the cops were getting very uncooperative about the whole see that O'Shaughnessy dame before it was too late. And, sure enough, it
almost was.