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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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Cliff Edwards replaces Allen Jenkins as Goldie Locke, and Richard Loo replaces Keye Luke as houseboy Gerry. See more »

Goofs

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

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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Bold start for Tom Conway
16 March 2004 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

First in the series in which Tom Conway stars fully on his own as the Falcon. Tom starts and ends this movie by being dragged into danger by a beautiful damsel in distress – Rita Corday starts her appearances in the series with this film. Some good comic bits include two tramps telling Tom the time by an improvised sundial (and then commenting on how fortunate they are for their state of affairs compared to Tom). The basic plot involves a war bond theft, a murder at a swimming pool, and Tom's relationship with Jane Randolph (who swoons to his kiss). Cliff Edwards' only appearance as Goldie Locke (better portrayed in later films by Edward Brophy). Edwards does much better later as the voice of Jiminy Cricket. Edgar Kennedy seems miscast but the introduction of a puppeteer as a character is interesting. An early Harriet Hilliard as a resort manager will be more remembered in the Ozzie and Harriet TV series. The Falcon and his cronies always seem to outmaneuver and yet assist the bumbling policemen. The past is too fast for much character development. Good directing saves this entry into what is otherwise only a fair series.


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