• Vintage Books is putting out anniversary editions of The Maltese Falcon as well as Hammett's The Thin Man and Red Harvest (all $11.95) and Vintage Hammett ($9.95), selections from his books.
• The San Francisco Public Library is hosting an exhibit featuring more than 60 items related to The Maltese Falcon through March 31. It was in San Francisco that Hammett rose to fame.
• NPR's Morning Edition tours Hammett's San Francisco Monday.
•CBS News Sunday Morning has a Hammett story scheduled for Feb. 27 that includes interviews with his daughter and granddaughter.
• Hammett's San Francisco apartment building at 891 Post St. will be dedicated as a National Literary Landmark by Friends of Libraries U.S.A. on March 19. Hammett lived there from 1926 to 1929; it served as the model for Sam Spade's apartment.
Don Herron has led a Dashiell Hammett tour for nigh on 30 years, but he didn't get the full weight of it until recently, when he borrowed the key to 891 Post St., Apt. 401, and sat up all night reading "The Maltese Falcon" for the ninth or 10th time.
This apartment building is the terminus of a downtown walk that starts at the Samuels clock in front of the Flood Building. There, leaning against the blue-and-gold lamppost is Herron, 53, unmistakable among the throng of Market and Powell, in an overcoat, Borsalino and cap-toed oxfords. A cabbie by night, he talks like a detective. "I've got the snappy patter down," he says with a trace of his native Tennessee.
His Hammett tour (which costs $10; visit www.donherron.com) takes four hours. This is the abridged version, five blocks up and five blocks over in an hour flat.
Both The Adventures of Sam Spade and the great mystery anthology show Suspense were both produced by the same man, William Speir. During the first year or two that Sam Spade was on the air, Suspense was an hour show, hosted by Robert Montgomery. To get fans of Suspense listening to Sam Spade, Speir produced a special one-hour Spade episode called "The Khandi Tooth Caper" and aired it on Suspense.
The episode is a direct sequel to The Maltese Falcon, with Spade once again meeting Gutman, Cairo, and another "gunsel." It explains what happened to the real Falcon, alludes to Brigid O'Shaugnessy's fate, and sets Spade and the bad guys at odds as they again contend in the search for another quest object, the fabled Khandi Tooth.
It was remade as Yojimbo (Kurosawa) and A Fistful of Dollars
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