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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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Society grand dame Maxine Wood who hosts charity parties in her home is mixed up in a jewel theft racket which defrauds insurance companies. When another socialite, Vera Gardner, 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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The first of sixteen movies for the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon" starring George Sanders (and later Tom Conway). See more »

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Evidently not considered worth a re-shoot, a fly lands on the Falcon's hat and climbs down it when he arranges to meet Helen at Tony's cafe. See more »

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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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Referenced in Wonder Boys (2000) See more »

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Delightful and witty
4 July 2007 | by 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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