well, he doesn't reorganize, Effie does. Which is actually kind of impressive. In the time it takes Spade to go to Wonderly/O'Shaughnessy's apartment, chew her out, and return to the office; Effie has had the movers take out Archer's desk and chair, swapped the floor safe and the filing cabinet, got the windows cleaned and repainted, inside and out, swaped a few lamps out, and moved around some of the electronic equipment. Not bad for a days work, sister.
heh, no trouble Joberg, I was honestly hoping there was something I missed. I'm pretty much down to the last few items to model.
I found a lovely police band model that otherwise (than going to 170MHz instead of 160MHz) looks identical on the outside and unlike the 15x one I did find (with a chunk missing, cut cord and probably not working internals even with a new cord), it actually still works and for only $30 more than the guy is asking for the 15x. You'd think a detective would have the police band model (Bogie specifically asked for police band model in the movie Dead Reckoning).
So, I can either pretend it's close enough or buy the crappier non-working actual model or just keep looking. I have nowhere good to display it anyway, but this thread got me excited about Maltese Falcon props again. I kept thinking about having a gold jeweled bird made too (wasn't going to be cheap), but then it wasn't shown in the movie, just described somewhat so.... Ugh. Decisions.
Edit: A "restored" 15X model on PinInterest shows 170 Police Band as does a Retro Farm Radio site of one sold restored and the both say 15X on them. Were there two variations of the 15X model? Was it shown clearly enough in the movie or outside photos to be sure?
Edit 2: I just scanned the entire movie. You can't tell the 160/170 on the dial (too blurry) at any point, but I don't know if some production photos might show whether it's the police band model or not.
if I ever find the time, my plan is to turn this model into a game in the Unreal Engine, and the object would be simply to turn the place upside down looking for the bird. Pull the drawers out, scatter the papers, knock things over- just for fun. There would be an opening line of dialogue "go ahead, haha, I won't stop ya"
No real update but I think I confirmed that the “telex” intercom we can’t identify definitely does have an earpiece on the side. It was hard to tell at first.
At the roughly 24-minute mark, just before Peter Lorre pulls a gun on Spade, he gets a buzz and Effie asks if she can go home. I just noticed on a rewatch that the phone in front of him is hung up and in the reverse shot he’s definitely holding a single earpiece to listen to her before he hangs up when Cairo tells him to clasp his hands at the back of his neck.