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The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 7 May 1943 (USA)
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:
Gwynne Gregory (as Harriet Hilliard)
Smiley Dugan
Mia Bruger
Erford Gage ...
Rickey Davis
Geraldine Lipton
André Charlot ...
Bruno Steffen (as Andre Charlot)
Cliff Clark ...
Edward Gargan ...
Detective Bates (as Ed Gargan)
The Velma Dawson Puppets ...
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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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Release Date:

7 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El halcón a la defensiva  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The working title of this entry in the series was the much more mundane sounding "The Falcon Comes Back". See more »


Dugan is shown using a "silencer" on a revolver - which doesn't actually work in real life at all because of the gap between the cylinder and the barrel of the gun. And, of course, no silencer (supressor, actually) would make any gun go "pfft" like we hear here and in so many other films. See more »


Smiley Dugan: Well, if you don't mind, I'll be leavin'.
Goldie Locke: [Along with Donovan] We don't mind!
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Follows The Falcon's Brother (1942) See more »

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Great Tom Conway Classic Film!
25 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Always enjoyed the Falcon series and especially the acting of Tom Conway who acted his part with great easy and especially since he was on his own in this second Falcon film. In the first series, his brother in real life was George Sanders who played a role with Tom. This film is a typical B film, however, there were great veteran actresses like Harriet Hillard,(Gwynne Gregory), Jane Randolph(Marcia Brooks), and Richard Loo,(Jerry), "The Bamboo Prison",'54, who gave a great supporting role. Richard Loo was famous for his vicious roles as a horrible Japanese Soldier in many WWII films. If you would like to see a very entertaining B film from the past, this is the film for YOU!

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