MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 21,431 this week

The Fallen Sparrow (1943)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery  |  21 August 1944 (Portugal)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 825 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 10 critic

In 1940, a former prisoner is determined to find the killer of the New York Police Lt. who helped him escape from a Nazi torture camp in Spain.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 154 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 3 days ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Fallen Sparrow (1943)

The Fallen Sparrow (1943) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Fallen Sparrow.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Out on patrol in the war-time desert a Canadian corporal reminisces about the woman he has left behind in London and ponders whether she will fall for the charms of his rival in love. At ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, Thomas Mitchell
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Silver has been found on comanche territory and the government accomplished a peaceful agreement with the indians. When James 'Jim' Bowie comes into the scene he finds the white settlers ... See full summary »

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Macdonald Carey, Will Geer
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

War hero recovers from amnesia & is confronted by his criminal past.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: John Payne, Sonny Tufts, Ellen Drew
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An Arabian-nights princess and a Bedouin chief contend over possession of a stallion, but unite to oppose the Corsair Lords.

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Jeff Chandler, Maxwell Reed
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The uptight and dumb small time thief Nick Robey and his partner and only friend Al Molin steal $10,000.00 from a man, but the heist goes wrong. Al Molin is killed by a policeman and Nick ... See full summary »

Director: John Berry
Stars: John Garfield, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Marine hero Al Schmid is blinded in battle and returns home to be rehabilitated. He readjusts to his civilian life with the help of his soon to be wife.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: John Garfield, Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sergeant Dixie Smith has more raw recruits to turn into Marines, if he can. Among them is cocky casanova Chris Winters, son of an officer, who's just tried to "mash" Mary Carter, a major's ... See full summary »

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: John Payne, Maureen O'Hara, Randolph Scott
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Among those who are fighting to have Congress re-establish the military academy at West Point in the beginning of the nineteenth century is a young Washington socialite, Carolyn Bainbridge.... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: George Montgomery, Maureen O'Hara, John Sutton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Father's return from the insane asylum spells calamity for the Fairfield family.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Adolphe Menjou, Fay Bainter
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the bordertown of San Pablo, preparing for an annual 'Mexican Fiesta,' arrives Gagin: tough, mysterious and laconic. His mission: to find the equally mysterious Frank Hugo, evidently for... See full summary »

Director: Robert Montgomery
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Thomas Gomez, Wanda Hendrix
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In a fictional version of true events at the New York prison of Blackwell's Island in 1934, reporter Tim Haydon breaks up a crime organization run by racketeer Bull Bransom from within the ... See full summary »

Directors: William C. McGann, Michael Curtiz
Stars: John Garfield, Rosemary Lane, Dick Purcell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A film that qualifies as a Travelogue Documentary in that it contains footage of world-famous race tracks such as England's Ascot, Palermo in South America, and Churchill Downs, Jamaica, ... See full summary »

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Maureen O'Hara, Glenn Langan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Toni Donne
Walter Slezak ...
Dr. Christian Skaas
Patricia Morison ...
Barby Taviton
Martha O'Driscoll ...
Whitney 'The Imp' Parker
Bruce Edwards ...
Ab Parker
...
Anton
John Miljan ...
Inspector 'Toby' Tobin
...
Otto Skaas
Edit

Storyline

A former Spanish Civil War prisoner, John McKittrick arrives in New York to find the truth behind the death of his friend Louie Lepetino. He finds himself being chased by Nazi agents who want an item he has brought back from Spain and cannot give up. When another of his friends is murdered, McKittrick realizes that he cannot trust anyone around him - not anyone. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

21 August 1944 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Beijo da Traição  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Martha O'Driscoll is listed in the records as "Whitney Hamilton," but she is called Whitney Parker (Ab Parker's cousin) in the film. See more »

Goofs

The Bust which is knocked through the window and crashes out on the street appears in it's original position in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

John 'Kit' McKittrick: [First Lines]
[Thinking, not speaking out loud]
John 'Kit' McKittrick: All right. Go on. Let's have it. Can you go through with it? Have you got the guts for it? Or have they knocked it out of you? Have they made you yellow?
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "...in a world at war many sparrows must fall ... See more »

Connections

Referenced in Exhumed (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Nightclub Song
Sung by Martha O'Driscoll (dubbed by Martha Mears)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Thick, overheated "anti-Fascist" noir leaves scorched aftertaste
16 June 2002 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Hollywood fought World War II on many fronts: most obviously, in its documentaries and war dramas; in genre series coopted for the war effort (such as Sherlock Holmes programmers); and in thrillers dedicated to smoking out the Fifth Column at home (The House on Ninety-Second Street). There was also a more complicated, ideologically tinged kind of movie, not simply anti-Nazi but more broadly `anti-Fascist' (and defiantly leftist). Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine was one; The Fallen Sparrow was another.

John Garfield (who else?) survived torture while fighting for the anti-Franco forces in the Spanish Civil War, but it took its toll; he recuperated in a sanitarium in the Southwest. Upon returning to New York – where a war buddy has met death by defenestration from a penthouse party – he finds some of his friends traveling in the same circles as vaguely sinister Europeans and fly-specked aristocrats – Germans, Italians, Spaniards – who take a perverse interest in him. Among them is Maureen O'Hara (in a dark, forties updo), who runs hot and cold when it comes to his advances.

The dense plot of The Fallen Sparrow collapses into a noirish muddle. Multiple heavies purr in a babel of as many stage accents (Hugh Beaumont's Prussian the most amusing of them). Walter Slezak plays a mittel-European professor whose passion seems to be the aesthetics of torture, and whose limp summons up nightmares for Garfield. There are also family crests dating from at least the Borgias (whose speciality was goblets of poisoned wine), a senile old curmudgeon who believes he'll be restored to the throne of France, and a tattered standard Garfield has rescued from Spain, which becomes this film's black bird....

Following all these threads require rapt attention, but who would be willing to devote anything less to the fight against Fascism? The film borrows from such immediate predecessors in the nascent noir cycle as The Maltese Falcon (especially the ending) and The Glass Key. It cooks up plenty of atmosphere but lacks vital clarity. It's not without interest – the attention to the psychological aftermath of torture is a bold and courageous stroke – but with its political passions looking quaint, if not naive, this overheated melodrama leaves a scorched aftertaste.


28 of 43 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lena Horne? HelenaHatcheese
What's up with the Penguin? Wukong
No such thing as modest evil Portable_universe
If you don't get this movie jonmiktay
DVD now available directly from Warner Home Video! simonhowson
Most beautiful woman? vixenofvines
Discuss The Fallen Sparrow (1943) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?