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The Gay Falcon (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 24 October 1941 (USA)
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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A society grand dame, played by Gladys Cooper, who hosts charity parties in her home is mixed up in a jewel theft racket which defrauds insurance companies. When another socialite played by Lucile Gleason 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, A.Nonymous

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See "The Falcon" solve the double murder and diamond robbery that turned society upside down. Try and outguess the man who seems to know all the answers even before the questions are asked. Don't miss the first of a great new series! See more »


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Leslie Charteris sued RKO contending that "The Falcon" was "The Saint", his creation, in disguise. The disposition of the suit has not been discovered. RKO made the change because Charteris had become an annoyance to the studio with his carping about changes in his original stories. See more »

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Gay Lawrence: There was a body brought in tonight, a murder in an apartment on 21st St.
Morgue Attendant: [chuckling at comic strip in newspaper] Oh him, yeah he's around.
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Followed by Devil's Cargo (1948) 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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