Two industrialists disappear from an airplane while the plane is in the air. Also missing is $100,000. The Falcon investigates and discovers a plot against the government. Written by
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Erford Gage, who plays one of the murderous Morley sons, played Ricky Davis, an entirely different character in the previous Falcon entry, "The Falcon Strikes Back." He subsequently appeared in Val Lewton's "The Seventh Victim" with Tom Conway before enlisting in the army on August 27, 1943. After rising to the rank of staff sergeant, he was killed in action while liberating the Philippines on March 17, 1945 and is buried there. See more »
At the start of the film when the airliner is shown crashing the model is of a conventional small twin-engined airliner. In the live action shots after the crash it has the unusual twin horizontal tail structures supported by several vertical surfaces of the Capelis XC-12, also used in Five Came Back (1939). See more »
Yes, the plot was a little "messier" - as well as the print in this entry in the Falcon series [#6/13], but in spite of all that still very enjoyable. The gang was all there Lawrence, Clark and Gargan, plus regular Falconite Jean Brooks, the RKO staircase from Ambersons/Cat People was seen to good advantage in Clarence Kolb's house - no Goldie however.
Passenger plane crash lands at airport at the beginning of the film and is found to be literally running on empty a wealthy industrialist who was on board is presumed kidnapped, especially when ransom notes are left for his daughter. The Falcon is asked to help solve the mystery by 2 beautiful women. It gets slightly complicated from here, what with murders, a bitter daughter of a missing employee, stolen securities, a broken padlock, and a foreign antique dealer with 2 trigger happy sons but a rather splendidly cluttered shop. Not a second in the 67 minutes was wasted! The only thing that really grated was the Falcon's girlfriend played by Amelita Ward laid her jealousy on with a trowel, and from being amusing at first got irritating there was a seriousness there I never liked! Favourite bit: Carefree Gargan helping himself to beer and sandwiches at the gambling den and continually interrupting his boss Clark.
Not the best Falcon film but not too bad, anyway well worth watching for fans and well worth avoiding for enemies.
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