In The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, the murder of Spade's partner Miles Archer is not depicted. In the film version by John Huston, Archer is shown being shot in Burritt Street but the shooter is not shown. Huston may have inserted this scene in order to give good actor Jerome Cowan a little more screen time.
Burritt Street in San Francisco actually exists. It is a blind alley one block long. There is a plaque on a building-wall near the entrance stating that this is where Miles Archer was shot by Brigid O'Shaughnessy. The entrance to the alley is easily observed from the place "where Bush roofed Stockton before slipping downhill to Chinatown," but Huston does not show that
Spade crossed the sidewalk between iron-walled hatchways that opened above bare ugly stairs, went to the parapet, and, resting his hands on the damp coping, looked down into Stockton Street.
The steep vacant lot between Burritt Street and Stockton Street where Miles Archer would have tumbled partway down after...
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