Here's a good excuse for staying home Jan. 17: Turner Classic Movies will run a Dashiell Hammett-O-Thon that day, a roundup of the many noirish movies based on the works of the...

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Here’s a good excuse for staying home Jan. 17: Turner Classic Movies will run a Dashiell Hammett-O-Thon that day, a roundup of the many noirish movies based on the works of the American crime writer.

The lineup begins with “Dangerous Female” (1931), the first film version of “The Maltese Falcon.” It continues with “The Thin Man” (1934), “After the Thin Man” (1936), “Satan Met a Lady” (1936), “Another Thin Man” (1939), “The Maltese Falcon” (1941) and “Watch on the Rhine” (1943).

The only catch: “Dangerous Female” begins at 3 a.m. PST; “Watch on the Rhine,” the last in the bunch, airs at 2 p.m. Confirm times at www.turnerclassicmovies.com.

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You could fire up that TiVo. Or you could just read the books. Vintage Books will reissue “The Maltese Falcon,” “The Thin Man” and “Red Harvest” (all $11.95) on Feb. 14, the 75th anniversary of “The Maltese Falcon,” as well as a collection of excerpts from Hammett’s novels and a short story (“Nightshade”) in “Vintage Hammett” ($9.95).

Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor