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The Falcon Takes Over (1942)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  29 May 1942 (USA)
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The Falcon and reporter Ann Riordan try to solve a string of murders after an ex-wrestler, released from jail, goes looking for his girl friend.



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Complete credited cast:
Lynn Bari ...
Helen Gilbert ...
Diana Kenyon


One night in New York, beefy escaped convict Moose Malloy goes hunting for his ex-girlfriend Velma, leaving a trail of mayhem behind him. Velma seems to be well-hidden, and adventurer The Falcon, intrigued, investigates on his own, approaching the heart of the mystery via a varied sequence of shady characters and attractive women. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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MYSTERY that you'll laugh at...when -- The Falcon TAKES OVER


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Release Date:

29 May 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Halcón inicia el vuelo  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The third of sixteen movies for the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon", and the third of four starring George Sanders. See more »


In a night club scene The Falcon and Diana Kenyon are sitting close together talking. There is a plant pot on a ledge behind them, partially obscured and on the table a champagne glass is in front of Diana Kenyon. In the next shot, there is a gap separating the two, the flower pot is now centrally placed between them and the champagne glass has moved position. See more »


Ann Riordan: [after Marriot has fired a shot at him and been murdered himself] Are you all right?
Gay Lawrence: Nobody ever got killed by a blank cartridge.
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Followed by The Falcon's Alibi (1946) See more »


The First Time I Saw You
Music by Nathaniel Shilkret
Lyrics by Allie Wrubel
Introduced in The Toast of New York (1937)
Sung by uncredited actress in first night club scene
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This is not Chandler, but so what
1 September 2013 | by (colorado) – See all my reviews

Comparing this film to Chandler's novel or to Murder My Sweet - and I'm a huge fan of both - is pointless. This 'Falcon' is a terrific 40s programmer, and I enjoyed seeing how plot elements and characters from the novel were whipped up into a frothy and fun comedy. I've read all the bios on Chandler and knowing he loathed Hollywood, he probably loathed what RKO did to his magnum opus, but Falcon fans, and me, liked it. This is my first Falcon film, watched only because Lynn Bari played the female lead. My interest in seeing Bari's films comes from reading her superbly wonderful biography, 'Foxy Lady', and Bari is terrific here as the investigative reporter who could have solved this mystery all by herself. I've always liked George Sanders, and he doesn't disappoint. The Velma actress had the right vampish allure, but her hairstyle is jarring and I got distracted wondering why RKO didn't borrow Metro's Guilaroff to fix her wig. I laughed a lot at the comedians - Jenkins, Gleason and his sidekick, the Falcon's valet. All in all, I had a very enjoyable Saturday night at the movies.

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