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The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  7 May 1943 (USA)
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Tom Lawrence, who has inherited his brother's sobriquet of "The Falcon," is framed for the theft of war bonds and murder.



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Complete credited cast:
Tom Conway ...
Gwynne Gregory
Jane Randolph ...
Edgar Kennedy ...
Smiley Dugan
Rita Corday ...
Mia Bruger
Erford Gage ...
Rickey Davis
Wynne Gibson ...
Geraldine H. Lipton
André Charlot ...
Bruno Steffen (as Andre Charlot)
Richard Loo ...
Jerry / Mr. Wong
Cliff Clark ...
Edward Gargan ...
Detective Bates (as Ed Gargan)
The Velma Dawson Puppets ...
Group Performers


The Falcon is framed for the murder of a banker and the theft of war bonds. He makes his escape into the mountains where he hides out in a rustic lodge. From here he uncovers a phony war bond operation. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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7 May 1943 (USA)  »

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The Falcon Strikes Back  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The artwork on Tom Lawrence's wall is by the famous pinup artist Alberto Vargas. See more »


Tom Lawrence: [after Marcia declines to alibi for him] Well, Inspector, you've caught me.
Inspector Timothy Donovan: Then you're ready to confess?
Tom Lawrence: Yes, it wasn't Marcia Brooks. It was a Miss...
[Changing his mind]
Tom Lawrence: I'd rather not give her name. It would be violating a confidence.
Inspector Timothy Donovan: Yeah? She doesn't have a name because she doesn't exist.
Marcia Brooks: [Interrupting] Oh, but she does, Inspector. I met her in his... office. I didn't get her name, but she's an exotic little tomato... if you like the acid type.
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Followed by Search for Danger (1949) See more »

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Nice rollicking robbery romp
24 March 2007 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I taped the whole Falcon series from UK TV in 1988, I guess I must have seen every entry at least 10 times so far since and this is one of my favourites. It's the usual inconsequential mix of comedy and crime, smart ass one-liners and murders, non-serious but jealous romances, and atmospherically photographed melodrama that can keep you pleasantly occupied for just over an hour, that is if you like the genre.

Tom Lawrence (Tom Conway's first solo flight as the Falcon) while recovering from a hangover is disturbed by an exotic woman who's just come in through the bedroom window. She orders him to find her brother, much to the disgust of his girlfriend Jane Randolph who again is a rather unreporting newspaper reporter. That is the ruse to ensnare and frame him in a USD 250,000 War Bond robbery, his efforts to clear himself from the chasing cops and get the real baddies is the plot. The search takes him and Goldie via the Volunteer Knitters For America to a rather splendid (studio bound) Pinecrest Hotel, where it seems all of the guests are shifty about something and who deserve watching – even old RKO stock slapstick characters. Only downside: the murderer's alibi always struck me as technically pretty feeble. Favourite bits: the 5 second interchange between the hotel bellgirl, the Falcon checking in and the receptionist – an incredible lightness of touch! Also Inspector Cliff Clark's terse command to give Mr. Wong a bong and bring him along – though it wouldn't win praise from the pc brigade today.

Overall, a nice watch for fans of 40's b&w b features, one I hope to be spared to watch another 10 times – where's the Deluxe Complete Collection Edition DVD??

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