publication date: Monday, October 3, 2011 (part of Fall 2011)
clue: The star of the first film noir, soon to be the highest-paid star in the world, didn't mind calling his detective character a spade.
explanation: Bogart starred in The Maltese Falcon. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Joanna Woods, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Erik Bates, Steve Dunn, Ryan Dunn, and Sarah Kyle
Hard-boiled detective fiction inspired some of Hollywood's darkest films in the 1940s and 50s. These writers and stars epitomized the genre that dwelled in the shadows of the human soul.