Joel Cairo: You always have a very smooth explanation...Sam Spade: What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?
John's Grill, the real life haunt of Dashiell Hammett and the fictional haunt of Sam Spade on Ellis in San Francisco has sported a replica of the Maltese Falcon in a cabinet for many years. The owner, unable to attain the lead one that was used in John Huston's classic film, purchased one of the plaster, publicity models from actor Elisha Cook, Jr., who played Wilmer the gunsel.
Well, some weasel has stolen the black bird.
Read the San Francisco Chronicle's report here.
And to separate fact from fiction, take the Hammett tour.