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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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Tom Conway ...
Jane Randolph ...
Don Barclay ...
Cliff Clark ...
Edward Gargan ...
Eddie Dunn ...
Charlotte Wynters ...
James Newill ...
Paul Harrington
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Jerry - Gay's Houseboy
Amanda Varela ...
Carmela
George J. Lewis ...
Valdez (as George Lewis)
Gwili Andre ...
Diane Medford
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Storyline

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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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New Face -- Same Falcon -- as fiction's famous sleuth hands down a heritage of mob hate to THE Falcon's Brother See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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6 November 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hermano del halcón  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This is one of only two films in which both George Sanders and his brother Tom Conway appear. The second is Death of a Scoundrel (1956). They played brothers in both films. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene at Bayport, Tom Conway refers to Charles Arndt's character Moffett as Medford. See more »

Quotes

Tom Lawrence: How delightful. How are you and who are you?
Marcia Brooks: Marcia Brooks, Morning Gazette
Tom Lawrence: Oh reporter. Hmm.
[clucks tongue]
Tom Lawrence: So charming, too. Well Miss Brooks, I think the buildings in New York are very beautiful and the women are very tall. There you are my dear. You have your interview. Now I trust you'll excuse me.
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Better Tom than Gay
6 March 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This is the most Famous Falcon Film, the one where one brother gets fed up with the title role so the other brother steps in and continues the series for another 4 years. George Sanders was nearly always good in these kind of roles but personally I always preferred Tom Conway, maybe he just looked more comfortable in B pictures. I also preferred as sidekick Allen Jenkins as Goldie to Don Barclay as Lefty. The film quality isn't very good at this distance, sometimes it's so jumpy and grainy the continuity and the acting resemble Monogram more than RKO - are all extant copies from '50's TV dupes?

Basically Gay Lawrence is after the people who murdered someone supposed to be his brother Tom, for a while both are on the case before Gay becomes hors de combat. Tom has to do the detective work himself for most of the film.

The patter between the Inspector played by Cliff Clark and flatfoot Ed Gargan is repetitive but entertaining - "I'm boss. You don't mind do you?", James Gleason was also good in the role previously. Jane Randolph as the nosey reporter who doesn't seem to do much reporting is decorative but apparently unappealing to the Falcon: the solving of the crimes are everything. Not so vice versa - the Falcon would continue as a lady-killer of seismic proportions!

All in all a most enjoyable 1940's murder mystery B film, but nothing really extraordinary in a most enjoyable series of 13 up to 1946.


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