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The Falcon's Brother (1942)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  6 November 1942 (USA)
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Tom Lawrence, Gay's brother, takes over for his injured sibling in a case which involves Nazi espionage and political assassination.



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Complete credited cast:
Jane Randolph ...
Don Barclay ...
Cliff Clark ...
Edward Gargan ...
Eddie Dunn ...
Charlotte Wynters ...
Paul Harrington
Jerry - Gay's Houseboy
Amanda Varela ...
Valdez (as George Lewis)
Gwili Andre ...
Diane Medford


Gay Lawrence, amateur detective known as The Falcon, learns that his brother Tom has been reported murdered on a ship arriving from South America. Gay pursues the murderers, despite the fact that he knows his brother is still alive. When he is disabled, his brother Tom takes over the case, investigating a fashion magazine involved in secret activities with German infiltrators. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Release Date:

6 November 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hermano del halcón  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Cliff Clark's police car's front windshield inexplicably has no glass on the driver's side. See more »


Maître d: But, Miss: ladies without escorts are not admitted to the Rose Room.
Marcia Brooks: Who said I was a lady?
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George Sanders hands off Falcon role to brother Tom Conway
29 November 2013 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

George Sanders makes his last appearance as Gay Lawrence, aka the Falcon, in this fun if fairly standard B mystery. There's a corpse in an ocean liner stateroom; the victim is apparently Tom Lawrence, the Falcon's brother; Gay Lawrence goes aboard and quietly identifies the body. Not surprisingly, it's not as simple as all that.

A clever shot introduces Tom Conway as the Falcon's brother: First we watch the Falcon, just off of the ship, race off in a taxi following another taxi as the cops hop into their car to follow him. Then, over in a shadow, we see a dark figure strike a match and light a cigarette, his face lit up just for a moment before the match goes out and he is in darkness again. It's the Falcon's brother—not so dead—watching it all from the shadows.

Eventually we learn that the plot involves Nazi espionage, some South American spies, and a fashion magazine. The cast of characters includes the usual grumpy police inspector (Cliff Clark, this time, as an Inspector Donovan) and dumb assistant detective (Edward Gargan back as Detective Bates, always saying "Sorry, Chief").

Jane Randolph is lively and funny as the usual spunky girl reporter who sticks her nose in and helps out: "Well, I'm only a fashion reporter," she admits early on, "but I'll get a police beat someday!"

Conway is good as the new Falcon, stepping into the role quite confidently. Sanders, on his way out of the series, is perhaps a little less interested…but fun to watch nevertheless, especially in the couple of scenes he shares with brother Conway.

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