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Director:
Writers:
Lynn Root (screenplay) and
Frank Fenton (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
16 January 1942 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
ALL NEW THRILLS! (original ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
The story's maguffin is a formula for flawless industrial diamonds pursued by the Falcon and a bevy of villains. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Sanders ... Gay Lawrence / The Falcon
Wendy Barrie ... Helen Reed

James Gleason ... Inspector Mike O'Hara

Allen Jenkins ... Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke
Mona Maris ... Rita Mara
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Spectator at Airport (uncredited)
Eddie Arden ... Bellhop (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Spectator (uncredited)
Roxanne Barkley ... Jill (uncredited)
Anthony Blair ... Policeman (uncredited)
Eddie Borden ... Second Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... First Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Spectator (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Needles (uncredited)
Leo Cleary ... Detective Brody (uncredited)

Hans Conried ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Waldo Sampsom / Herman Sampson (uncredited)
Aline Dixon ... Spectator (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Det. Grimes (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Joe - The Bartender (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Ward (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Detective Bates (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Policeman Outside Bar (uncredited)
Youda Hayes ... Spectator (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Mr. Wallis (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Max Carlson (uncredited)
Harry Lee ... Mug (uncredited)
Frank Martinelli ... Louie (uncredited)
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... Mug (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Dutch (uncredited)
Amarilla Morris ... Spectator (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Policeman at Federal Hotel (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Policeman at Accident (uncredited)
Earle Ross ... Adolph Meyer (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Elizabeth Russell ... Girl On Plane (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Policeman (uncredited)
Douglas Spencer ... Witness at Accident (uncredited)
Al Sullivan ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Reis 
 
Writing credits
Lynn Root (screenplay) and
Frank Fenton (screenplay)

Michael Arlen (based upon the character created by)

Produced by
Howard Benedict .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (director of photography) (as Robert de Grasse)
 
Film Editing by
Harry Marker 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino  (as Albert D'Agostino)
Alfred Herman  (as Al Herman)
 
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Dorfman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... recordist
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
63 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-11 (2005) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) (uncredited) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #7653)

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Trivia:
Wendy Barrie as Helen Reed, Allen Jenkins as Goldy, and Eddie Dunn as Detctive Grimes repeat their roles in this second entry in the series. Hans Conried, who appeared as Herman, the police artist in "The Gay Falcon," reappears in a larger role as a snoopy hotel clerk, and Bobby Barber, who ran a club as Angelo in the previous film, is regulated to playing a walk-on as a member of the crowd watching George Sanders on a ledge.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: It is obviously a stunt man who is knocked down as Goldie, not Allen Jenkins.See more »
Quotes:
Inspector Michael 'Mike' O'Hara:Wait a minute, Falcon. You can't let me down! You're the only guy who knows the diamond racket inside out.
Gay Lawrence:Get thee behind me, O'Hara.
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Movie Connections:
Followed by The Falcon's Brother (1942)See more »

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Familiar cast lend charm to familiar story, 18 September 2013
Author: csteidler from Minnesota

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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