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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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

James Gleason ... Inspector Michael 'Mike' O'Hara

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

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

Hans Conried ... Federal Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Waldo Sampsom / Herman Sampson, His Twin (uncredited)
Aline Dixon ... Spectator (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Detective 'Grimesy'Grimes (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Joe, the Bartender (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Ward, a Diamond Expert (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Detective Bates (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Policeman Outside Bar (uncredited)
Youda Hayes ... Spectator (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Mr. Wallis, a Diamond Expert (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Max Carlson (uncredited)
Harry Lee ... Mug (uncredited)
Frank Martinelli ... Louie (uncredited)
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... Mug (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Dutch, a Henchman (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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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 »
Helen Reed:Something tells me I'm going to be a widow before I'm a bride.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows The Gay Falcon (1941)See more »


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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A date with Homer Bilky was strenuously denied, 8 January 2006
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

This Falcon entry (2/13) was played mainly for laughs, sometimes bordering on slapstick. The puns and wisecracks come thick and fast between the leading characters, all of them doubting everyone else's intelligence or honour. Wendy Barrie is almost manic in her assumed jealousy, James Gleason as the police Inspector is perfect and always brings his performance in "Arsenic and old lace" to my mind whenever I see him. But it's George Sanders as the Falcon and Allen Jenkins as his sidekick Goldie that have the majority of the smart ass one-liners, Sanders' body language is sometimes Music Hall but always believable.

Scientist Alec Craig apparently murdered by a gang after his formula to produce perfect synthetic diamonds, the Falcon unwillingly pulled into the caper whilst urgently trying to get off to get married to the frothing Barrie. As usual the entire NY police force was alerted to apprehend him as a murderer that no-one ever believes he really is. And Barrie loves him with a passion even though she knows he'll always love nearly all women. And Goldie stays with him wanting an easy life but knowing he'll never be getting one.

Enjoyable film, 61 minutes short but a lot seems to happen. Ed Gargan as Bates even shone here with a supreme show of brainpower!

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