The weather has been definitively wonky of late. One day it's 70 degrees, the next it's 40. There's been snow, rain, sunshine. It's also flu season. We here at the American Treasure Tour think you're best off just calling out of work. If you don't have any actual signs of illness, then come to the American Treasure Tour Thursday through Sunday (oh, right. Did we mention we're open on Sundays now? Noon to 4pm. Come by and check in!). But if you're starting to feel a little icky, then just head directly to your local pharmacy. Get some medicine, get lots of chocolate, and pack it in. It's movie time!
We recommend a classic noir for today - The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart in one of his finest roles. This John Huston-directed crime drama was released in 1941, with Bogart as the famous gumshoe Sam Spade, and Mary Astor as his client who seems to know a little more than she's letting on. Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet both add a criminal element, as they search for an elusive "black figure of a bird." This is the famous Maltese falcon their looking for, a legendary statue made of gold. Will they find the falcon? Will the bad guys get what's coming to them - once it's figured out who the actual bad guys are? (not so clear cut in a film like this)? You'll just have to watch the movie to get your answer. And please, don't confuse the "Maltese" falcon with the "Millennium" Falcon. This is not a spaceship, ladies and gentlemen.