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Gerald Geraghty (screenplay)
Michael Arlen (based upon the character created by)
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Release Date:
8 December 1944 (USA) See more »
THE STAGE IS SET for Murder! See more »
The Falcon investigates the murder of an actor on a Hollywood backlot. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Enjoyable entry in the series that fans will enjoy and may be slick and enjoyable enough to suit newcomers looking for an easy b-movie to watch See more (16 total) »


  (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)
Nancy Marlow ... Mail Clerk (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)
Chris Drake ... Assistant Cameraman (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Cowboy Actor (uncredited)
Jimmy Jordan ... Operator (uncredited)
Carl Kent ... Art Director (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Statuary Molder (uncredited)
Jacques Lory ... Musician (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Beautiful Blonde's Husband (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Minor Role (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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67 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #10311) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Louie Buchanan:[with menace] You see too much - you think too much - and you breathe too much...
Tom Lawrence:[helpfully] Yeah, and bet too much on the wrong horses.
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Movie Connections:
Follows The Falcon in Mexico (1944)See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable entry in the series that fans will enjoy and may be slick and enjoyable enough to suit newcomers looking for an easy b-movie to watch, 8 January 2007
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

While on vacation on the west coast, the Falcon finds himself approached by Peggy Callahan – the girlfriend of criminal Louie Buchanan. Peggy leaves her bag behind in place of Lawrence's companion's bag. He pursues her in a taxi driven by gobby taxi-come-stunt driver Billie Atkins and gets onto a the grounds of a Hollywood studio. While looking for Peggy the Falcon and Billie stumble onto the body of actor Ted Miles. The police are called and, even on holiday, Lawrence finds himself investigating yet another crime.

After not thinking much of the Falcon being Out West and In Mexico during his last two films, I feared that him being in Hollywood would be another location gimmick replacing any actual substance or entertainment value. It may be because the Hollywood setting just meant that the production stayed at home and saved money on a lot of set design but this film was actually pretty good and used Hollywood well but as a backdrop to a solid mystery. It does take some work to get it started but once Lawrence gets onto the lot it livens up and keeps that pace well for the rest of the film. Unlike the last two films the mystery is actually pretty good and develops to a satisfying solution. Douglas uses the locations well (RKO itself being the main one) and the film has a great "off-set" feel to it that you don't always get with b-movies – nice to see compared to the gimmicky feel to the West and Mexico and it bodes well for San Francisco (which I have not yet seen).

Conway seems a lot more relaxed and more like himself than when In Mexico. While in Mexico we had a Mexican "Goldie" character and here we have a female wise-@ss, in the shape of Borg; she is sassy and fu in a very clichéd and obvious manner but it works well. Parnell and Jenks are a poor man's Clark and Gargan but don't have that much to do. Perry Mason's Hale is good, as is Brooks. Shayne is a bit hammy but effective while series regular Rita Corday turns up yet again early on in the film.

Overall then an enjoyable entry in the series that fans will enjoy and may be slick and enjoyable enough to suit newcomers looking for an easy b-movie to watch. The location is not obtrusive and the material is good, giving the actors more to work with than in the last two films.

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