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Release Date:
22 April 1946 (USA) See more »
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 » | Full synopsis »
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Neat Little 'B' Thriller That Entertains Despite the Predictability of the Plot See more (7 total) »


  (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)
Paul Cristo ... Nightclub Patron (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)
Crew verified as complete

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61 min
Black and White (archival footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:A | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #11122)

Did You Know?

The 12th of 16 movies about the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon" starring Tom Conway.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Neat Little 'B' Thriller That Entertains Despite the Predictability of the Plot, 21 October 2014
Author: l_rawjalaurence from London

For fans of Hollywood 'B' Movies during the so-called 'Golden Years,' the identity of the murderer in Ray McCarey's thriller should be obvious from the start. Like most of the major studios, RKO tended to cast actors in specific character roles; and this film proves no exception.

Nonetheless THE FALCON'S ALIBI does contain some incidental pleasures on the way to the resolution of a complicated plot involving counterfeit pearls, three murders and a so-called 'sophisticated' middle-aged lady (Esther Howard) who turns out not to be quite what she seems. There is a considerable amount of comic by-play involving the Falcon (Tom Conway) and his sidekick Goldie (Vince Barnett): Barnett plays Goldie as a fast-talking New Yorker who can neither make sense of the situation in hand nor comprehend the Falcon's motives. Nonetheless he proves a useful person to have around - especially when the Falcon hatches a plan for discovering the whereabouts of the missing pearls.

Conway gives a mannered performance as the eponymous hero - sometimes his gestures are a little telegraphed, as a means of registering various emotions, but he retains the kind of insouciance that enables him to cope with ticklish situations, especially when Detective Williams (Edmund Cobb) accuses him of murder. We know that he will escape the officer's clutches, but it's fun to see the intrigues he concocts in order to plan the escape.

Like all 'B' Movies, McCarey directs THE FALCON'S ALIBI in brisk fashion, combining studio settings with stock footage (of cars driving along the San Francisco streets). There are at least two musical interludes (RKO believed in trying to attract all types of film-goer to its 'B'-fare), pleasantly delivered by Lola Carpenter (played by the youthful Jane Greer). McCarey also has an ingenious means of using the songs to bridge the transitions between the musical interludes talking place on a night-club stage and the scenes of intrigue in Lola's dressing-room and its environs.

This was the twelfth entry in the Falcon series; by the mid-Forties, it was becoming a little repetitive in terms of plot and characterization. Nonetheless THE FALCON'S ALIBI is still worth a look, if only for the amount of action, incident and music that it packs into its hour- long running-time.

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