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The Falcon in Hollywood (1944)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Drama  |  8 December 1944 (USA)
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The Falcon investigates the murder of an actor on a Hollywood backlot.

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Complete credited cast:
Tom Conway ...
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Veda Ann Borg ...
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Martin S. Dwyer
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Konstantin Shayne ...
Alec Hoffman
Emory Parnell ...
Inspector McBride
Frank Jenks ...
Lieutenant Higgins
Jean Brooks ...
Roxanna Miles
Rita Corday ...
Lili D'Allio
Walter Soderling ...
Ed Johnson
Useff Ali ...
Mohammed Nogari
Robert Clarke ...
Perc Saunders
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George DeNormand ...
Truck Driver (scenes deleted)
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Vacationing in Hollywood doesn't free the Falcon from investigating murder. The victim is an actor whose fashion designer wife has been having an affair with a director. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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DANGEROUS LOVE IN HOLLYWOOD! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Drama

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8 December 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El halcón en Hollywood  »

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The tenth of sixteen movies for the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon" starring Tom Conway. See more »

Goofs

During the chase towards Sunset Studio Billie is driving her cab with Lawrence sitting in the back. When they get out at the studio gates Lawrence gets out from behind the wheel and Billie from the back. See more »

Quotes

Tom Lawrence: You know, I can't make up my mind whether you're charmingly frank or if it's that Irish blarney again.
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Follows The Falcon Out West (1944) See more »

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Tropicana
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Music by Aaron González
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Perhaps the Best of This Able Series; Quite Entertaining and Well-Acted
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The Falcon was a character, like The Saint and The Lone Wolf and Boston Blackie, who belonged to the more-American decade of the 1940s. This was the era of individualism in movies, of the private investigator, the lone adventurer, the tough-minded gent who refused to be intimidated by bullies and crime bosses. If the era's screenwriters showed some preoccupation with physical violent potential that led to the denigration of mental toughness in favor of physical courage (during a WWII era), they also produced a few intelligent heroes such as The Falcon. He is a Brit, one who attracts trouble, and women, the way a magnet does iron filings--and who is adept at dealing with both. The part also ably played by his brother George Sanders here is essayed by low-key leading man Tom Conway. The delightful element in this entry in a low-budget fun series is that the producers play the quiet, suave Falcon off Billie", a brassy, talkative and beautiful cabbie entrusted as a role to comedic genius Veda Ann Borg. I find it miraculous that the studio bosses of the time did not notice the potent chemistry between the two characters and make a sequel with Billie as a more streetwise companion to their somewhat-taciturn hero. The other thing that is noteworthy about this story I suggest is that the action which begins at a racetrack with the old 'switched handbag routine" leads to multiple murders at a movie studio; studio-based and later location-based problems with a production headed by Shakespeare-quoting dour John Abbott help to make possible some clever character revelations, and the eventual unraveling of an intricate mystery of motivations, mayhem and secrecies. Among others in the extraordinary "B" film cast are able Sheldon Leonard, lovely Barbara Hale (later of "Perry Mason" TV fame), Rita Corday (aka Paulie Crozet), Konstantine Shayne as a nasty director, Jean Brooks in an intelligent role, and Emory Parnell and Frank Jenks as befuddled policemen.. All are very adequate at doing whatever is asked of them. This is a low-budget production all the way, of course; only localizing it in a movie studio's existing soundstages and sets obscures this fact. The location jaunt is a delight, featuring a swimming pool area and additional zones, and the racetrack sequence is also very ably directed by action-film great Gordon Douglas.. Technical credit should be given to the sound department and to Renie for her fine costumes also. This was in its day a "programmer", a story enlivened by good and by cheap touches of inspiration. But anyone who dares to call it dated needs to look at the post 1972 filmmakers' 99% fizzled blockbusters consisting of inadequate acting, special effects and missed script opportunities, This is the best of the Falcon series, and from my perspective as a writer, that is rather a proud accomplishment in the area of providing entertainment on the cinematic screen.


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