Devil's Cargo (1948)

 |  Crime, Mystery  |  1 April 1948 (USA)
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Poverty-row continuation of The Falcon series; mundane murder mystery showcasing Calvert's magic act skills.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Calvert ...
Johnny Morello
Theodore von Eltz ...
Thomas Mallon
Michael Mark ...
Salvation Army Captain
Tom Kennedy ...
Naga, Mug Who Tails Delgado
Ramon Delgado
Paul Regan ...
Bernie Horton
Eula Guy ...
Mrs. Murphy, landlady
Christine Larsen ...
Nurse (as Christine Larson)
Walter Soderling ...
The Coroner
John Bagni ...
Ofiicer Bob
Jack Conrad ...
Sam the Locksmith
Peggy Wynne ...


Conroy, A playboy, is found shot to death in his penthouse and a ne'er-do-well named Ramon Delgado (Paul Marion)tells the Falcon, Michale Watling (, John Calvert), that he committed the murder and asks the Falcon to keep a key for him until after his has been acquitted. He says he feels certain of an acquittal when the police learn that the motive for the killing was Conroy's attention to Delgado's wife, Margot (Rochelle Hudson). Tom Mallon (Theodore von Eltz)enters the case as Delgado's attorney, and after Delgado is found poisoned in his jail cell, the Falsob suspects Fallon of killing his own client. Written by Les Adams <>

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1 April 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Unwritten Law  »

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Different take on the Falcon character is worth seeing for its snappy dialog and unusual twists
9 August 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

First of three post war Falcon films is very different than the Tom Conway/George Saunders series. Certainly the character is unrelated being named Michael Waring as opposed to Gay or Tom Lawrence. This is an extremely poverty stricken film that looks more like the shot on film TV series from a few years later. Still it manages to score points for being its own little engine of entertainment.

The plot has Waring, played by John Calvert as a wise talking, magic doing, detective given 500 dollars by a client to hold on to a key for him. He is to give the key to his attorney when he asks for it. The client it seems has just committed a well publicized murder which he thinks he won't be tried for. Not long after the client is taken into custody Waring begins to be tailed, some one wants the key. Someone also wants his client dead and he somehow murdered in his jail cell.

While not the Falcon most of us know, this is a good little mystery. The plot takes a few unexpected turns which coupled with Waring's magic and attitude makes this one to watch despite its cheapness. This is one to find and watch with a big bag of popcorn.

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