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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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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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As far as the cops in the series go, this is the third of Cliff Clark's five appearances as Inspector Timothy Donovan, the fifth of Edward Gargan's eight appearances as Detective Bates, and the fourth of five appearances of Eddie Dunn as Detective Grimes. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Smiley Dugan: Oh, so it's you. What are you pussy-footin' around here for?
Inspector Timothy Donovan: Just lookin' for clues.
Smiley Dugan: Yeah? Did you ever get a good look at yourself? You're the suspiciest character I ever seen! I oughta arrest you for just impersonating a human bein'!
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Followed by Search for Danger (1949) See more »

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Not a great film, but very watchable and slightly better than average for the genre
20 November 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In this episode of the Falcon, Tom Lawrence is investigating a theft of war bonds and murder. Considering it was made during WWII, it isn't surprising that they added the patriotic angle--something that happened in other similar films, such as some of the Sherlock Holmes and Charlie Chan movies.

This is a pretty good Falcon movie that stars Tom Conway (real-life brother of George Sanders who had played the Falcon in several earlier films). While not his best of the series (for example, I liked THE FALCON AND THE CO-EDS and THE FALCON'S BROTHER just a bit more), it was enjoyable and engaged me. However, no matter how good this film was, I found myself comparing it to the earlier Sanders films again and again. While there is a lot of similarity between the actors (both physically and in their melodious voices), the earlier films seemed to have a bit more energy and charm--probably because by now the series seemed a bit formulaic and predictable. Still, for a B-detective series film from the era, it's slightly better than average and is definitely worth a watch.

By the way, the Harriet Hilliard who plays one of the ladies that turns the Falcon's head is the same Harriet from "The Ozzie and Harriet Show". While competent in the film, she didn't seem especially like the ladies the Falcon usually fell for or rescued.


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