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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
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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>

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THRILLS UPON THRILLS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Drama

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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 seventh of sixteen movies for the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon" starring Tom Conway. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, The Falcon and Vicky Gaines are walking along the studio cliff top path (with back projection scenery), discussing Dr. Graelich's marriage to gain access to the U.S. The next shot has him following them on the actual uphill and uneven cliff top path, with his hair disheveled from the breeze. However, when he then joins them, his hair is neatly combed and he answers the question concerning his marriage, notwithstanding he could not possibly have heard their discussion as he was some yards away on the cliff path at the time. 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 Out West (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

I Get The Neck Of The Chicken
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One of the Best
23 November 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Arguably the best of the Falcon series. The movie's a fast-paced, highly entertaining blend of mystery, atmosphere, and gentle humor. And who in production had the casting inspiration for the three little Ugh girls. Their bits are utterly charming as they pipe up like syncopated petunias. And I wasn't even put off by all the girls at the school mooning over a very dapper Tom Conway, apparently dividing his time here with Val Lewton's great horror films. He's perfectly cast as the urbane sleuth.

Rita Corday also shows some acting chops as well as beauty as the spooky Marguerita. Her psychic moments provide a good atmospheric touch. Also, those seaside scenes, especially along the cliffs, add a lot of local color. And speaking of atmosphere, credit that fine RKO team of art director D'Agostino and set decorator Silvera for taking time out from the Lewton series. Those quaking bushes, moody pathways, and elaborate interiors typify their expert hand. On a lesser note, the whodunit is rather routine, but develops into an exciting climax. At the same time, the cop humor from Clark and Gargan is thankfully understated for a change.

Anyway, in my little book, the movie's a minor gem among the many detective series of the movie-drenched 1930's and 40's.


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