Before I forget to mention it, yet another entry in the ongoing saga of the quiz show Jeopardy! riffling through Hammett’s life and work for clews. He’s not as much of a constant as the Periodic Table of Elements or State Capitals, but for just one guy with a couple of famous books, he’s doing alright.
On January 15 they had the category The First Chapter.
The $1200 slot revealed its conundrum:
1930 “Spade and Archer”
The champion of the moment buzzed in and said, “What is The Maltese Falcon?”
Yep, “Spade and Archer” is the first chapter in The Maltese Falcon.
Hammett strikes again. . . .