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Crooked Mail
26 March 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

ADVENTURES OF THE FALCON "The Guilty Stamps" 1954

This is the 20th episode of the 39 episode run of the 1954 to 1956 series, ADVENTURES OF THE FALCON. Film noir icon Charles McGraw headlines as Mike Waring, an agent of the U.S. Government. The series follows McGraw as he travels the world putting the kibosh on various criminals and foreign agents. The series is loosely based on the FALCON series of films of the 1940's.

The U.S. Government is after gangster Ralph Sanford. He is about to be deported back to the old country. Sanford of course wants to take the couple of million in cash he has taken in as a rackets boss since the 20's. His crooked lawyer, Douglas Kennedy, comes up with a plan to smuggle Sanford's loot abroad.

Kennedy tells Sanford he should buy a whack of expensive rare postage stamps. He then could smuggle the lightweight goods easily in the lining on a coat or suit jacket. Once back in Europe, Sanford could then sell the stamps.

U.S. Government agent Charles McGraw is called in help with the search for Sanford's hidden loot. The Government knows he must have stashed cash away from his criminal enterprises, but they have no idea where.

The twist here is that the crooked lawyer, Kennedy has a scam of his own. His girl, Sally Blane, works for a top end stamp dealer. The woman is also a first rate counterfeiter. Kennedy and Blane are selling Sanford the fakes and pocketing the cash. Also in the mix are Sanford's chief henchman, Paul Fix and another stamp collector, Jonathan Hale.

Needless to say the whole plot unravels when Agent McGraw pokes his nose in. Soon everyone is turning on the others as McGraw plays them all against each other. Guns are pulled and the crooked lawyer, Kennedy is soon stone cold. Sanford and Fix are gobbled up while Miss Blane turns State's Evidence.

This is not one of the better episodes. The writing is on the poor side and has a real rushed look to it.

Sally Blane was one of the four Young sisters, all actresses. Her sisters were, Polly Ann Young, Georgiana Young and the famous, Loretta Young.


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