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Lynn Root (screen play) and
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Release Date:
16 January 1942 (USA) See more »
ALL NEW THRILLS! (original ad - all caps) See more »
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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Average 'dame trouble' stuff takes the lead over the actual plot to the detriment of the film See more (16 total) »


  (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 (screen play) and
Frank Fenton (screen play)

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 (edited by)
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 .... sound recordist
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Crew verified as complete

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63 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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)

Did You Know?

In the initial entry in the series, Helen Reed (Wendy Barrie) tries unsuccessfully to win Gay from his fiancée Elinorm but fails. In this sequel, Elinor is not to be seen, and Helen has somehow replaced her as Gay's fiancée.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Gay Lawrence:I told you I don't know anything, and I don't want to find out anything!See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by The Falcon Out West (1944)See more »


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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Average 'dame trouble' stuff takes the lead over the actual plot to the detriment of the film, 26 August 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Samson is a hard working scientist who has developed a technique for developing synthetic diamond for the purposes of tooling and industrial use.

However the synthetic diamonds are so realistic that even experts cannot tell them apart – making Samson a target for criminals. When Samson goes missing, Inspector O'Hara turns to Gay Lawrence for help. Despite having woman troubles with his fiancé, Helen, the Falcon finds himself in the middle of the investigation and pursued by the gang, who are understandably keen to get such a keen mind off the case before he makes progress.

With a pretty standard (and unlikely) set up, it is not long before the Falcon is drafted onto the case. The plot is not great though and isn't as focused on the actual investigation as I would have liked. Instead it mixes it with the side kick of Falcon's fiancé and, while I can see what they were trying to do with it, it doesn't really work awfully well at all. Indeed it would have made a nice play with Helen being the sidekick that the Falcon has in other films but here this aspect and the actual plot mix about as well as oil and water and, sadly, the investigation into Samson's disappearance occasionally plays second fiddle to Lawrence having woman troubles.

However most viewers of this series will have gotten used to the fact that the crime plots are never the strongest here but often this is covered by some good humour. While there are quite a few nice touches to this material, the film is not nearly as amusing as it should be. The Falcon himself has a certain swagger to him but too much of the film is him looking flustered and frustrated by trying to balance his couple of women. The script does throw out some good material for minor roles and has some funny set ups (playing drunk to escape the baddies is a good moment) but generally it isn't funny enough to cover the fact that the plot can't even manage to stretch to an hour. As a result the cast don't do as well as they could have. Sanders is very good in some scenes but then in others he is very poor and not anything like the cool, crisp mind that I expect him to be. Jenkins is poorly used considering how funny he can be when used sparingly in support – but here he is far too sparingly used and has nothing to do until late in the day. Gleason's inspector is good but Barrie is annoying and Maris is nowhere near the femme fatale she was clearly trying to be.

It is still an OK little film but not one of the better in the series even if fans still enjoy it for what it is. The film gets better as it goes but too much in the first half is poorly judged and the actual case/plot mostly plays as second billing behind some flat comedy involving a couple of 'dames' and several misunderstandings.

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