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The Falcon's Adventure (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 13 December 1946 (USA)
The Falcon rescues Louisa Braganza from kidnappers who want her father's secret formula for making diamonds. Her father's murder is pinned on the Falcon and, when he and she flee to Florida... See full summary »

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Doris Blanding
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The Falcon rescues Louisa Braganza from kidnappers who want her father's secret formula for making diamonds. Her father's murder is pinned on the Falcon and, when he and she flee to Florida, another murder seems to confirm his guilt. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Death-Ring Stalks Diamond Queen In Miami-Manhattan Murder Axis!

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The 13th of 16 movies featuring the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon" starring Tom Conway. See more »

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Tom Lawrence calls the inspector imitating a policeman from headquarters. The inspector never questions his British accent. See more »

Quotes

Goldie Locke: If she's in trouble, she'll scream.
Doris Blanding: Scream?
Tom Lawrence, aka 'The Falcon': Goldie, you're a genius!
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Follows The Falcon in Hollywood (1944) See more »

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Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
(1854) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by Edward Brophy
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Contrived start, good body of film but a sub-par ending – enjoyable but no more than that
20 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tom Lawrence and Goldie head off on holiday with a strict agreement that they won't get tied up with "no dames". However when Lawrence spots a woman in trouble and intercedes to find that he has rescued Louisa Braganza –niece of a scientist. He learns that Louisa may have been kidnapped to get a formula for manufacturing industrial diamonds from her father. When her uncle is murdered, the Falcon is the #1 suspect and he makes a break for it to find the people who set him up. With the formula entrusted to him by Louisa, Lawrence has bought himself some time but with the police and the killers on his trail he still must move quickly.

In the final of the thirteen Falcon movies, Tom Lawrence gets mixed up in a murderous plot to get hold of a formula for manufacturing diamonds. Putting the Falcon on the other side of the law and pursued by them adds an element of tension to the film and injects a bit of pace into the mixed plot. With the film series coming to an end I had worried that it would just collapse – hence them making no more films, but in reality this film is of the generally reasonable standard of the rest of the films. The plot is a bit contrived at the start but once you get into it, it is pretty engaging and quite fun with mystery and some nice action (albeit rather old fashioned stiff punches etc). The conclusion is rather unsatisfying though and I didn't think it did the plot justice by seeming to end rather abruptly and without really being a meaty end to the story. Of course it is an even more annoying end to the film series, featuring as it does as rather wet joke from Goldie and a chuckle from the cast – not the way an enjoyable series should have bowed out.

The cast are mixed but Conway is very good and by this stage my memory of his brother had pretty much gone to the point that I now think of Conway when I think of the Falcon character. Brophy's returns in the revolving role of comedy sidekick – despite the fact that he had already been in the series as a detective in The Gay Falcon. He is OK but you do feel that all the actors in that role are just doing an impersonation – none of them, particularly Brophy, ever really made the role their own or did anything new with it. Meredith is OK and is better than the simmering love interest that have been used during parts of the series. The bad guys don't make enough of an impression – partly causing a weak ending to the story. Jason Robards Sr makes an appearance as the police detective and is good with straight support.

Overall this is mostly a good film and the main body of it is quite engaging and fun. However the start feels a bit forced (convenient) and the ending is a rather weak end to both the film and the series. The cast are mixed but Lawrence is strong and the film is worth seeing and will please fans of the series even if you can't help wishing that it had gone out on more of a high than a plateau.


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