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The Falcon Takes Over (1942)

 -  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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Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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


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29 May 1942 (USA)  »

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Falcão Detective  »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Diana Kenyon: May I offer you a drink?
Gay Lawrence: Never before sundown.
Diana Kenyon: And after that?
Gay Lawrence: After that the deluge.
Diana Kenyon: What about tonight?
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Followed by Search for Danger (1949) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Traditional
Arranged by Roy Webb
Sung by drunken George Sanders
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The Falcon does Philip Marlowe
20 March 2005 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This is an odd mix. The humor of the Falcon grafted into a Cliff notes version of Raymond Chandler that doesn't do either justice.

The plot of Moose Malloy trying to find his Velma and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake has been done several times all very seriously. Here the case is taken from Phillip Marlowe and given to George Saunders as the Falcon and its almost is a classic.

The problem is that the two styles, the Falcon's wisecracking doesn't mix with the seriousness of the source material. The two parts the humor and the crime drama are perfectly done when each takes the center stage but the shifting from one to the other doesn't really work well. Saunders is so good a hard boiled private dick that I really wonder what would have happened had be been allowed to play a real tough guy.

The worst flaw of the film is only apparent to those who know the original story and that is the speed at which its told. We fly through this story at light speed, and while it works here as a programmer, its shortening is glaring and jarring to those who love the other versions.

On its own terms its a very very good movie. As a representation of a Raymond Chandler book its a mere curio. I suggest you just take it for what it is for a good nights entertainment.


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