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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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Complete credited cast:
Nina Vale ...
Elinor Benford (as Anne Hunter)
Maxine Wood
Inspector Mike Waldeck
Damian O'Flynn ...
Noel Weber
Manuel Retana
Eddie Dunn ...
Lucile Gleason ...
Vera Gardner
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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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Release Date:

24 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El halcón galante  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first of sixteen movies for the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon" starring George Sanders (and later Tom Conway). See more »


Inspector Mike Waldeck: [to Goldie] All right, son, I'm releasin' yuh, but first I want a description of the man you saw that night.
Jonathan G. 'Goldie' Locke: Ah, naw, naw, naw, naw.
Gay Lawrence: [Gay raises a reproving finger to Goldie] Now, Goldie...
Jonathan G. 'Goldie' Locke: All right! You'll get it!
Inspector Mike Waldeck: Take it, Herman.
Herman: What was the contour of his face?
Herman: [Goldie gives Gay a knowing look and Herman becomes annoyed] The contour!
Jonathan G. 'Goldie' Locke: White.
Herman: [Frustrated] Not the color... the contour!
Jonathan G. 'Goldie' Locke: Break it down, buddy.
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Followed by The Falcon Takes Over (1942) See more »

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Delightful and witty
4 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was the first of the Falcon films starring George Sanders, based on a story by Michael Arlen. Sanders is compulsively watchable, indeed mesmerising, as the smoothie amateur detective. He persuades his fiancée not to force him to go to a boring party by saying: 'Well, if you really want to be surrounded by a lot of people while I'm telling you I love you.' So many crisp one-liners in this film. Even one of the villains approaches a woman to dance with the line: 'Will you teach me to dance?' This was when Hollywood writers knew how to write crackling dialogue. Sanders plays along with the fun with such insouciant perfection that he is a marvel of the screen. One could watch this film a dozen times and still be dazzled at the effortlessness with which Sanders oozes his caddish charm in bucket-loads. No one ever surpassed him in this quality. And his tongue is so far into his cheek you can see it poking out. This film is also notable for the appearance of Gladys Cooper in a major supporting role; she is as mesmerising as Sanders, and their scenes together are a marvel. Wendy Barrie is also quick as a whip, lively as a frog jumping on a hot rock, and winsome as a kitten. Anyone interested in B Movie gems needs to collect this one.

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