A British cleaning woman believes a glass eye has magical powers that will protect her from harm. She travels from London to Berlin and manages to obtain a job as a cleaning woman at Hitler's headquarters. However, her assassination plan is foiled. But, she and other secret agents manage to escape to London during RAF bombing raid of the Reich Chancery.
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 »
A decent plot that is ruined by one truly awful performance!
I like old B-detective films and have seen dozens. And of all these series films, the Falcon films are among my favorites--even the later Tom Conway versions (that were slightly less enjoyable than his brother's Falcon films). It has the usual amiable performance by Conway and a decent script (without the usual bumbling cops--here they actually weren't totally stupid) but is totally destroyed by one of the most awful and annoying characters I have seen in this type of film. In other words, an exceptional film is undone by one major weak link--this time in the form of Amelita Ward as Tom Lawrence's totally obnoxious fiancée. While she isn't hideous to look at, her personality is so bad that she would be the perfect poster child for a "retroactive abortion campaign". I simply wanted this loud-mouthed and ditsy dame to die and die soon--and hopefully painfully.
You can't blame all of this on Ward, as I suppose she was just being the sort of wretched character the writers and director envisioned. However, with so much of the film showing excellent and intelligent writing, I truly wonder what was going on here that we don't know about today. For example, could Ward have have held incriminating photos that forced RKO to put her in the film or perhaps the writers wanted the public to totally hate her? These might explain the discrepancy between this character and the rest of the film!! As far as the plot goes, it's pretty interesting and is all wrapped up nicely, but because Ward is so terrible and so grating, I don't recommend this film to anyone but those determined to see every film from the series. Don't say I didn't warn you!
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