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Writers:
Billy Jones (original screenplay) and
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Release Date:
19 March 1945 (Portugal) See more »
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Plot:
When a Texas playboy is murdered in a New York City nightclub the Falcon investigates. When he learns that the victim was slipped rattlesnake venom... See more » | Full synopsis »
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An average and quite misjudged entry in the series See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Tom Conway ... Tom Lawrence
Carole Gallagher ... Vanessa Drake

Barbara Hale ... Marion Colby
Joan Barclay ... Mrs. Irwin
Cliff Clark ... Inspector Timothy Donovan
Edward Gargan ... Homicide Detective Bates (as Ed Gargan)
Minor Watson ... Dave Colby
Donald Douglas ... Attorney Steven Hayden (as Don Douglas)

Lyle Talbot ... Tex Irwin
Lee Trent ... Dusty
Perc Launders ... Red
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Anderson ... Wally Waldron (uncredited)
Patti Brill ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Tom Burton ... Photographer (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Sheriff Bob (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Coroner (uncredited)
Harry Clay ... Hall (uncredited)
Joe Cody ... Toni, an Indian (uncredited)
Zedra Conde ... Carlita Rodriguez (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Second Policeman Murphy (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Nightclub Bartender (uncredited)
Edmund Glover ... Frank Daley (uncredited)
Mary Halsey ... Cissy (uncredited)
Daun Kennedy ... Gloria (uncredited)
Rosemary La Planche ... Mary (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Photographer (uncredited)
Margaret Landry ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Barbara Lynn ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Norman Mayes ... Pullman Porter (uncredited)
Chef Milani ... Nightclub Manager (uncredited)
Bill Nestell ... Bill, the Ranch Chef (uncredited)
Shirley O'Hara ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Cowpoke at Train Station (uncredited)
Elaine Riley ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Bert Roach ... Charlie - Nightclub Drunk (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Michael St. Angel ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Chief Thunderbird ... Eagle Feather (uncredited)

Lawrence Tierney ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)

Slim Whitaker ... Husky Colby Cowboy (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... First Policeman Callahan (uncredited)
Steve Winston ... Colby Cowboy (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Clemens 
 
Writing credits
Billy Jones (original screenplay) and
Morton Grant (original screenplay)

Michael Arlen (based on the character created by)

Produced by
Maurice Geraghty .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (director of photography) (as Harry Wild)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Milford 
Theron Warth (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Alfred Herman 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
William Stevens (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James E. Casey .... assistant director (as James Casey)
 
Sound Department
Bailey Fesler .... recordist
James G. Stewart .... rerecordist
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
Other crew
Don Dillaway .... dialogue director (as Donald Dillaway)
Gertrude Bank .... stand-in: Barbara Hale (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
64 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-7 (2005) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9735)

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Trivia:
The eighth of sixteen movies for the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon" starring Tom Conway.See more »
Quotes:
Tom Lawrence, aka The Falcon:There are three things one can never be sure about - horses, the weather, and women.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Texas Spurs and CockelbursSee more »

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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
An average and quite misjudged entry in the series, 31 January 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Tom Lawrence aka The Falcon is out enjoying himself in a New York nightclub full of society types. Among them is a Texan playboy who suddenly starts complaining of a pain that feels like a snakebite, before dropping to the floor and dying. Investigating the body, Lawrence finds two marks indicating a snake had indeed bitten the man but soon finds that a minor detail as the man's fiancé flees the scene and catches a train back to Texas. Lawrence follows her and finds the police have already gotten to Texas via plane and are waiting legal papers to take her back. Lawrence investigates the murder with all the suspects on the victim's ranch in a case where he risks his own life.

By this stage in the series, things were looking like flagging and the location being built into the title (Texas and, later, Hollywood) suggested to me that the series wasn't relying on plotting and character to bring the audience in but seemed to be looking to the switching location to be enough to make the series suddenly feel fresh and interesting. In this regard the film fails because this is just the same formula but this time put into a setting that is poorly used and never really fits with the Falcon's style. The mystery story is still worth watching though because it is enjoyable in a b-movie sort of way. The setting is annoying and just seemed to be a way to drag in lots of western clichés into the film – Indians, shoot-outs, horse riding etc without really adding value at all. Fans will feel that this could have been better and they would be right because it is only average at best and isn't the best of the series by a long shot; meanwhile the causal viewer will probably not bother with this at all.

The cast are OK, filled as it is with the usual b-movie actors. Conway is a great Falcon and is the main selling point of the series with a smart performance that is lacking Saunders' rather snide edge. Hale was a nice surprise since I only know her from the Perry Mason series and she is interesting in her character. Gallagher is a bit bland and blonde and isn't very impressive. Without a sidekick for the Falcon, Gargan is the sole comic relief and he does it reasonably well without interfering with the main thrust of the film, meanwhile Clark delivers a much more serious performance as the Inspector. Talbot has a few seconds of screen time and the rest of the cast are pretty clichéd Texan role although the Indians have some minor revenge by mocking Detective Bates' assumptions of their intelligence! Overall this is an average entry in the series but it is still good enough for fans to consider it worth seeing. The location is a big distraction and isn't used very well at all but the plot is reasonably interesting and the playing is quite enjoyable for a b-movie. Like I said, worth seeing it for fans of the series like myself but I doubt that this will be the Falcon film that wins over the casual viewer.

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