It's all been a horrible jest
An appalling, deplorable test
As they hack at the bird
The joke's black and absurd,
But this Falcon's a doorstop at best.
Joel Cairo, Brigid O'Shaughnessy, and Kasper Gutman think they've finally found the black bird: Peter Lorre, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon (John Huston; 1941). In the background is Elisha Cook, Jr. as Wilmer Cook. Title by single malt David Cairns.