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The Gay Falcon (1941)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  24 October 1941 (USA)
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The Falcon investigates jewel thieves who are working with hard up socialites to defraud insurance companies. First of the Falcon series.

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Gay Laurence / The Falcon
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Nina Vale ...
Elinor Benford (as Anne Hunter)
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Maxine Wood
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Arthur Shields ...
Inspector Mike Waldeck
Damian O'Flynn ...
Noel Weber
Turhan Bey ...
Manuel Retana
Eddie Dunn ...
Lucile Gleason ...
Vera Gardner
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A society grand dame who hosts charity parties in her home is mixed up in a jewel theft racket which defrauds insurance companies. When she is murdered, Gay Laurence (a.k.a. The Falcon)and assistant 'Goldie' Locke are on the case with help from beautiful Helen Reed, who becomes a rival to Gay's fiancée Elinor for the sleuth's affections. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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FICTION'S MIGHTY MAN OF MYSTERY...now on the screen! (original print ad) See more »


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24 October 1941 (USA)  »

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El intrépido halcón  »

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This the first entry in the series to end with an introduction to what was to be the series' next episode although in this case the teaser did not reflect the plot of the second Falcon adventure. See more »

Quotes

Helen Reed: [as Gay appears preoccupied] Are you reasoning something out or something?
Gay Lawrence: Yes, I'm wondering if I lived here, where'd I hide something if I wee clever and had something to hide.
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Followed by The Falcon in Mexico (1944) See more »

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The Straight as a die Falcon
4 April 2004 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I actually preferred this series of films after Tom Conway took over from his half brother George Sanders as the Falcon, Conway seemed more at ease in the role. But this was a good start, and the 12 sequels hovered around this mark until The Devil's Cargo in 1948. The Falcon was lucky in that he never had trouble having beautiful young (and older) women fall for him - a couple a film. What a pleasant problem for him when they immediately turned mega jealous of any other woman who showed up, no matter how innocent!

It's the usual murky murder mystery, but the Falcon (as private sleuth) isn't fooled for long - fortunately he knew something the viewers didn't, which led him and the police to the culprits. One scene I always enjoy is that of Turhan Bey's strangely atmospheric apartment being searched by Sanders and Barrie in the dark. But there's plenty of enjoyable moments in the 63 minutes - Sanders previously intrigued by an undertaker giggling at a comic paper is a few scenes later briefly studying one for himself - an aspect of ordinary life that he hadn't investigated before perhaps? Or being incognito as a tramp but giving the policeman waving him off a cigar as a present, before pulling out his pipe. You'd have to see it to understand Sander's mixed emotions in that scene! All in all not Kane, but well worth watching again and again as I have done!

The copies I have of the series were off UK TV in 1987, most were '50's TV dupes and these would have needed TLC even then to eliminate some frame wobble and jumpy scratches etc. I hope they have been saved from further decomposition since because all the Sanders/Conway outings are a pleasant watch.


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