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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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Mia Bruger
Erford Gage ...
Rickey Davis
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Geraldine H. Lipton
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Bruno Steffen (as Andre Charlot)
Richard Loo ...
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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7 May 1943 (USA)  »

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Falken slår till  »

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Trivia

French-born Andre Charlot, who portrays German Bruno Steffen in this series entry, made his screen debut as Savitski in the previous episode, "The Falcon's Brother." See more »

Quotes

Marcia Brooks: [Upon learning that Goldie Locke is the house detective] Crime takes a holiday.
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Followed by Devil's Cargo (1948) See more »

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Good solid fun
6 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the fifth Falcon film, the first with Tom Conway in the role, and the first with a major director, Ed Dmytryk. Consequently, artistic shots begin to appear: when someone pulls a gun on one occasion, Dmytryk cuts to a dramatic closeup of the gun barrel pointing at the camera. An ingenious tracking shot of Conway walking along the edge of a swimming pool talking to a woman who is swimming was replicated in 1985, 42 years later, in 'The Sure Thing' directed by Rob Reiner. The screenwriters of the previous film have been dumped because they did not provide enough humour, and this time humour is back, and plenty of it. Dialogue crackles again in top form. Unfortunately, Keye Luke as the butler is gone, so a lot is lost in that department. There are some splendid villains, and it is a good solid wartime espionage thriller, excellent B movie stuff. Conway is as urbane and smooth as his brother, and just as compulsive a girl-chaser. There are some wonderful gags, and the women swooning as Conway kisses them, or flocking to his arms asking for his help, are played for all they are worth. Wonderful fun and an intriguing mystery tale done with style.


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