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Writers:
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Release Date:
22 April 1946 (USA) See more »
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A wealthy woman's secretary, fearing that she will be blamed if her employer's jewelry is stolen, hires the Falcon as guardian... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A solid enough entry in which all the players seem comfortable and the story is good enough to do the job See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Tom Conway ... Tom Lawrence
Rita Corday ... Joan Meredith
Vince Barnett ... Goldie Locke

Jane Greer ... Lola Carpenter

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Nick
Emory Parnell ... Metcalf
Al Bridge ... Police Inspector Blake
Esther Howard ... Gloria Peabody
Jean Brooks ... Baroness Lena
Paul Brooks ... Alex Olmsted
Jason Robards Sr. ... Harvey Beaumont (as Jason Robards)
Morgan Wallace ... Bender
Lucien Prival ... Baron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bonnie Blair ... Phone Operator (scenes deleted)
Bob Alden ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Eddie Borden ... Postman (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Coroner (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Det. Williams (uncredited)
Myrna Dell ... Falcon's Dancing Partner (uncredited)
Betty Gillette ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Racing Fan with Falcon (uncredited)
Alf Haugen ... 459 Club Doorman (uncredited)
George Holmes ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Racetrack Patron (uncredited)
Joe La Barba ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Bender Thug (uncredited)
Nan Leslie ... 459 Club Cashier (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Louie - Headwaiter (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Mr. Thompson (uncredited)
Frank Pershing ... Police Guard (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Arriving Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Bender Thug (uncredited)
Larry Wheat ... Burke - Jeweler (uncredited)

Directed by
Ray McCarey 
 
Writing credits
Paul Yawitz (screenplay)

Dane Lussier (story) &
Manuel Seff (story) (as Manny Seff)

Michael Arlen (based on the character created by)

Edward Dein  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Charles O'Neal  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
William Berke .... producer
Sid Rogell .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ernest Gold (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Frank Redman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Philip Martin  (as Philip Martin Jr.)
 
Art Direction by
Lucius O. Croxton  (as Lucius Croxton)
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James H. Anderson .... assistant director (as James Anderson)
 
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound
Francis M. Sarver .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... optical effects (uncredited)
Albert Simpson .... matte painter (uncredited)
Harold E. Wellman .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Daly .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Ernest Gold .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leigh Harline .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Earl B. Mounce .... music mixer (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: main and end title music (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Madeleine Dmytryk .... dialogue director
Allen Martini .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
61 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #11122)

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Trivia:
The 12th of 16 movies about the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon" starring Tom Conway.See more »
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How Do You Fall In LoveSee more »

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A solid enough entry in which all the players seem comfortable and the story is good enough to do the job, 21 December 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

During a day at the races, Guy Lawrence meets the wealthy Mrs Peabody and her ward, Judith Meredith and he accepts their invitation to a party later that night. Judith confides in The Falcon that she fears she will be accused if more of Mrs Peabody's jewels are stolen – she already has a suspicious insurance investigator on her case due to a previous claim. When the jewels do get stolen and a butler murdered, Judith is suspected and turns to the Falcon to help solve the mystery and save her.

Several years after the falcon series changed hands, and everyone seems a lot more comfortable than they did in that first vehicle where Conway first went solo. The plot here is the usual mix of pretty girls, mystery, red herrings and gentlemanly action. It is hardly the most original stuff ever made but it is a reasonably enjoyable little story even if it didn't grip me in the way that a really good thriller should do. The film has enough energy, intrigue and humour to do the job and, although the material is just entertainment, everything more or less comes together. The first song of the two is really cute and the humour is mostly good.

A big part of this is everyone hitting their marks right. Conway seems perfect for the role now and seems a lot more confident. He is as good as Saunders was here. Barnett is on point as Goldy as well; at first he was a poor replacement for Lefty but, after being dropped from at least one of the movies, he is good here. It is just as well really since the comic relief usually provided by the police is absent and replaced with a dour insurance man who has little to do. Corday is yet another blonde for the Falcon to woo and she does well enough for that sort of role. He's a little hammy but Cook is always interesting and we also have solid support from Robards Snr, Howard, Jane Greer and Bridge.

Overall not a superb film but a better than average entry in an entertaining series of films. Everyone seems at home and enjoying their roles and it is almost a shame that the series was just approaching the end of its 13 film run.

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