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A Date with the Falcon (1942)

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The story's maguffin is a formula for flawless industrial diamonds pursued by the Falcon and a bevy of villains.

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In the second film of the series (and not a second part of anything), Gay Lawrence, aka The Falcon, is about to depart the city to marry his fiancée, Helen Reed, when a mystery girl, Rita Mara, asks for his aid in disposing of a secret formula for making synthetic diamonds. He deliberately allows himself to be kidnapped by the gang for which Rita works. His aide, "Goldy" Locke, trails the kidnappers and brings the police. But the head of the gang escapes, and the Falcon continues the pursuit. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Second of new screen series with the star who played The Saint. See more »


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16 January 1942 (USA)  »

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Cita con El Halcón  »

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One of the conceits of the series was to end each film with a preview of the next. "The Gay Falcon" concluded with a distraught young woman telling the Falcon about her missing brother. The plot of "A Date with the Falcon" has nothing to do with that premise. See more »

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When George Sanders is punched by a policeman on the street, it is obviously a stunt man who gets knocked down and stands up, not Sanders. See more »

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Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke: I tell yuh, I'm as sober as a judge.
Policeman: I'll put you before one, and we'll find out.
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Followed by The Falcon in San Francisco (1945) See more »

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Familiar cast lend charm to familiar story
18 September 2013 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

George Sanders is back as Gay Lawrence, the suave and mysterious figure known as the Falcon. The emphasis is on comedy in this second series entry, with Gay alternately seeking a kidnapped inventor and scrambling to keep various female acquaintances apart.

Wendy Barrie is fast-talking and quick-tempered as Helen, the Falcon's fiancée, at least for the moment. Allen Jenkins is "Goldy" Locke, the Falcon's right hand man and provider of smart comments.

Between Barrie and Jenkins, the wisecracks fly pretty fast throughout the picture; Sanders does his best to keep up the suavity, but even he is reduced to uncharacteristic comic exasperation ("Just as I was getting everything to run nice and smooth," he complains, upset with his romantic complications).

The plot centers around a synthetic diamond formula. Its inventor wants to save it for American defense industry use, but spies are after it—and him. Sure enough, the Falcon gets involved…. The story is hardly unique but it's solid enough, and is really only an excuse for these characters to have something to work on, anyway.

Among the cast of pros in familiar roles, James Gleason is steady as always as a police inspector and Edward Gargan is funny as a dumb assistant cop.

Jenkins and Sanders click especially well and trade lines flawlessly. Jenkins: "Who was that dame?" Sanders: "A very fascinating woman." Jenkins: "Every time you say that, we get into trouble."

Good fun for us fans of the detective-comedy genre.


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