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Director:
Writers:
Gerald Geraghty (screenplay)
Michael Arlen (based upon the character created by)
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Release Date:
8 December 1944 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE STAGE IS SET for Murder! See more »
Plot:
The Falcon investigates the murder of an actor on a Hollywood backlot. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
What a tangled web we weave ... See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Tom Conway ... Tom Lawrence

Barbara Hale ... Peggy Callahan
Veda Ann Borg ... Billie Atkins

John Abbott ... Martin S. Dwyer

Sheldon Leonard ... Louie Buchanan
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George DeNormand ... Truck Driver (scenes deleted)
Virginia Belmont ... Girl (uncredited)
Sammy Blum ... Sammy (uncredited)
Patti Brill ... First Secretary (uncredited)
Tom Burton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Marvin - in Miniatures (uncredited)
Greta Christensen ... Girl (uncredited)
Chester Clute ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Gwen Crawford ... Secretary (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Film Crew Member (uncredited)
Chris Drake ... Assistant Cameraman (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Cowboy Actor (uncredited)
Jimmy Jordan ... Operator (uncredited)
Carl Kent ... Art Director (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Statuary Molder (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Racetrack Patron (uncredited)
Jacques Lory ... Musician (uncredited)
Nancy Marlow ... Mail Clerk (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Beautiful Blonde's Husband (uncredited)
Anton Northpole ... Workman (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Workman (uncredited)
Margie Stewart ... Girl (uncredited)

Bryant Washburn ... Art Department Runner (uncredited)
Chili Williams ... Beautiful Blonde (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
 
Writing credits
Gerald Geraghty (screenplay)

Michael Arlen (based upon the character created by)

Produced by
Maurice Geraghty .... producer
Gordon Douglas .... producer (uncredited)
Sid Rogell .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Milford 
 
Art Direction by
Lucius O. Croxton  (as L. O. Croxton)
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Michael Ohrenbach (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James E. Casey .... assistant director (as James Casey)
 
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... rerecording by
Francis M. Sarver .... recorded by
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
Linwood G. Dunn .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Bentley .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Theodore Rand .... dance staged by
Leslie Urbach .... dialogue director
Gertrude Bank .... stand-in: Barbara Hale (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
67 min
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Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #10311) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Cameo: [During the scene where Tom Conway is arguing with the Studio Lot guard]Conway's brother, George Sanders, walks into the lot.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Billie Atkins:Those lady drivers, they'll kill you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Appointment with Murder (1948)See more »
Soundtrack:
TropicanaSee more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
What a tangled web we weave ..., 6 April 2007
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

Back to the city and business as normal (?) for Tom Lawrence aka the Falcon in solving crimes the cops can't [#10/13]. "Hollywood" had a nice sunny feel to it, the War was a million miles away and people wanted to get even further away from it with an escapist movie industry to help.

The Falcon's busy losing at a racetrack but quickly gets mixed up with 2 beautiful women (Hale and Corday) and embroiled in tracking down an apparently stolen handbag. This leads to Sunset Pictures backlots where the body of a murdered man is discovered along with a gallery of suspects. The 2 best things here are the riveting but unfortunately intermittent tour of the RKO studios and props as the Falcon and his wisecracking female taxi driver played by Veda Ann Borg investigate, and the tight intelligent scripting. I wished there'd been much more behind the scenes for an even better picture of the studio. I kept expecting Borg to exclaim "Come up to my place!" – Conway wouldn't have been as backward as Sinatra! John Abbott as the Shakespeare-obsessed studio boss had many amusing scenes, and Emory Parnell effortlessly swapped from baddie in Mexico to goodie in Hollywood. And the story actually made solid sense this time without detracting from the entertainment, you can follow it from first to last, and even though the baddie's identity is pretty obvious from early on it was all logically explained. The searching of dead Ted's apartment has always stuck with me though for the bit where the Falcon and Borg are philosophising about how sad a dead man's room is and the poignant line about if he had been "worrying about tragic things like a broken shoelace" that morning.

Recommended to fans of the genre, not to others. One of my favourite Falcon's, one I've watched again and again and still hope to.

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