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The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Drama | 10 November 1943 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Marguerita Serena
Jane Harris
Mary Phoebus
Dr. Anatole Graelich
Cliff Clark ...
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 ...
Patti Brill ...
Goodwillie, Bluecliff Driver (as Olin Howlin)


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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Release Date:

10 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fourth of five Falcon films with Cliff Clark as Inspector Donovan and the seventh of eight with Edward Gargan as Detective Bates. See more »


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 »


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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Followed by Appointment with Murder (1948) See more »


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Interesting but not wholly successful slight twist on the usual Falcon formula
8 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Jane, a daughter of one of Tom Lawrence's friends comes to see him to ask for his help to look into the mysterious death of Professor Jameson as her roommate Marguerita has had visions of it being far from natural causes. Tom reluctantly agrees to help (particularly when Jane steals his car) and heads to Bluecliff school for girls. He arrives at the school to find an air of mystery and fear surrounding the supposedly psychic Marguerita and, looking into this murder, he uncovers clues as to something deeper which leads to further murders within the school.

Following on from the serviceable Falcon in Danger, the terrible title here made me worry about what I was about to watch. After an OK start the film develops this rather strange air where we have a mix of the usual slick Falcon mystery but with a touch of supernatural to it in the shape of Marguerita. While this mix isn't always a total success (it does occasionally feel like going from 2nd gear straight into reverse) it does add a new element to the film on top of the usual stuff we had come to expect from the Falcon series. The mystery is pretty good despite the link to the supernatural, although I did wish it had been a bit pacier and more involving . The dark air to it did limit the comedy and generally the fun of the film.

Conway does his thing well but the mystery is not slick enough to support him and at times he seems out of sorts with the material. This time round there is no immediate love interest and there is no room for the comedy sidekick; even Clark and Gargan have their parts stripped back to the bone. This leaves more room for the support cast to come up and mostly they do well with the material on offer. Series regular Corday is good as the psychic girl and steps up when it is asked of her. Ward, Brown, Brooks and Givot are all solid, while the three "Ugh's" are amusing characters.

Overall then a solid entry in the series that adds a new element to the pot with mixed results. It is interesting but not as enjoyable and all round entertaining as many of the other films managed to be. For fans it is definitely worth a look but those new to the film series should find a better starting point.

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