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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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Complete credited cast:
Gay Laurence / The Falcon
Wendy Barrie ...
Nina Vale ...
Elinor Benford (as Anne Hunter)
Maxine Wood
Edward Brophy ...
Arthur Shields ...
Inspector Mike Waldeck
Damian O'Flynn ...
Noel Weber
Turhan Bey ...
Manuel Retana
Eddie Dunn ...
Lucile Gleason ...
Mrs. Vera Gardner
Willie Fung ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florence Bates ...
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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

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FICTION'S SMOOTHEST SUPER-SLEUTH in his first screen appearance! (original print ad) See more »


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24 October 1941 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film, the first in RKO's series of films based on Michael Arlen's character "The Falcon," was the only one actually based on an Arlen story. See more »


Manuel Retana: [Holding a gun] Now, can you think of one good reason why I shouldn't kill you?
Gay Lawrence: I shall most assuredly try.
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Followed by The Falcon's Brother (1942) See more »

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terrific movie, the best of the series
4 March 2010 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie several times (months ago), and kept it on my DVR, meaning to write a review. Don't miss this movie. I have seen most of the Falcon series films (both with Sanders and Conway), and this (which happens to be the first Falcon film) is by far the best. It is excellent in its own right.

Everything about it is great -- the writing, direction and acting. Nina Vale, the Falcon's fiancée, comes off very well; I wonder why she made so few films. I particularly liked Wendy Barrie; I think this is her best performance. No need to mention all the other great well-known supporting cast.

There isn't a wasted scene in the movie. It was meticulously made. Wonderful dialog and gibes. Very logical screenplay.

One perplexing thing about the move, and it doesn't bother me much: throughout the movie, the Falcon (Sanders) is saying that he loves Elinor Benford (played by Vale) and wants to marry her. Yet in scene after scene he is constantly flirting with Helen Reed (played by Barrie) and other women, in front of Elinor. And the women return the favors.

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