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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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John Calvert ...
Rochelle Hudson ...
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Johnny Morello
Theodore von Eltz ...
Thomas Mallon
Michael Mark ...
Salvation Army Captain
Tom Kennedy ...
Naga, Mug Who Tails Delgado
Paul Marion ...
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 ...
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The fourteenth of sixteen movies for the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon" starring John Calvert. See more »

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This ISN'T the Falcon!
9 May 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Gay and Tom Laurence (real life brothers George Sanders and Tom Conway) were the Falcon in the early 1940s. So why is a guy named 'Wattling' now appearing in some poverty row series where HE is called the Falcon as well?! In addition to not being the Falcon, this guy acts nothing like the suave and sophisticated Falcon of old. The new guy has a cute dog(!?) and talks incessantly--and he's just nothing like the originals.

As for the rest of the film, it's bizarre and nothing like the old Falcon plots either. Some knucklehead comes to Wattling and claims he murdered someone (so why didn't he just go to the cops first?!?!?). But, soon after, the admitted killer is himself murdered in prison--poisoned. So, Wattling appoints himself a some sort of avenging angel and spends the rest of the film trying to figure out who was behind all this--as well as to figure out what the man was REALLY planning before he died.

While the plot has some nice twists, the characters are just all wrong, the acting is terrible and I wouldn't even recommend this to Falcon freaks--as he's just a shadow of the originals at best. Dreadful on many levels.


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