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The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943)

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Posing as an insurance investigator, Tom Lawrence investigates a murder of a teacher disguised as a suicide at a women's college.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Conway ...
Jean Brooks ...
Vicky Gaines
Rita Corday ...
Marguerita Serena
Amelita Ward ...
Jane Harris
...
Mary Phoebus
George Givot ...
Dr. Anatole Graelich
Cliff Clark ...
Edward Gargan ...
Detective Bates (as Ed Gargan)
Barbara Brown ...
Miss Keyes
Nita Hunter ...
Second Ugh (as Juanita Alvarez)
Ruth Álvarez ...
First Ugh (as Ruth Alvarez)
Nancy McCollum ...
Third Ugh
Patti Brill ...
Beanie Smith
Olin Howland ...
Goodwillie, Bluecliff Driver (as Olin Howlin)
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Storyline

Tom Lawrence, the Falcon, is called to the Bluecliff School for young ladies to look into the murder of one of its professors (and hopefully cover up the scandal such a murder will entail). After his arrival murder strikes again. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

FOLLOW THE FALCON'S PURSUIT OF THE PHANTOM KILLER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

10 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eglima sto pathenagogeio  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The use of a "stable" of actors was an accepted practice among movie studios and production companies. This concept was common to stage performances and radio programming as well. Orson Welles had his Mercury Theater performers revolving through his films and on-air dramatizations. In fact, all the studios used this concept, as did RKO in the "Falcon" series. It was nothing exceptional to audiences to see familiar faces in various episodic roles. See more »

Goofs

In the last cliff top scenes, the Falcon is walking along the cliff top, but the background scenery does not move showing him to be walking on a treadmill. See more »

Quotes

Eustace L. Harley, the undertaker: [Referring to the false findings of the inquest] Dr. Greely wanted to cover this up - not me!
Tom Lawrence, the Falcon: Why?
Eustace L. Harley, the undertaker: Well, he didn't think that suicide would sound good for a school like Bluecliff.
Tom Lawrence, the Falcon: How do you think murder would sound?
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Connections

Followed by The Falcon in San Francisco (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Take the Brooklyn Out of Me
(uncredited)
Sung by Amelita Ward
Performed at Bluecliff's Concert
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An amusing time was had by all
12 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the seventh of the Falcon films, and apart from a single line of dialogue by Tom Conway: 'I think more clearly with a tall glass in my hand', there is no witty dialogue at all. The film is very amusing, but no longer because of wisecracks, instead the humour has become entirely situational. The film is what could be called a 'comedy thriller'. The Falcon series has now changed completely, and the last vestiges of true film noir atmosphere have vanished from it like the mist. The setting is a girls' college, and like all films of that time, all the students are several years older than the parts they play. (Watch out for an uncredited early appearance as a co-ed by Dorothy Malone, later a B star.) The only really cute kids in the film play the three daughters of a faculty member: they sing brilliantly and have all the charm and sense of fun of the children that they are. Everybody else is much too old, including Tom Conway in this situation. However, the film is genuinely fun and the plot is an intriguing thriller tale with unusual twists. There are some good scenes on the edges of cliffs, hints of hypnotic suggestion, psychological undertones, a girl who foresees the future and may or may not be insane, all 'jolly good stuff' and a superior B movie. A good time was indeed had by all, even by Jean Brooks, who specialises in looking grim and dangerous while at the same time holding out the occasional reluctant smile as both a threat and an inducement to those who either suspect her or are attracted by her. Her work as a B movie villainess or alluring suspect has never been sufficiently appreciated.


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