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A Date with the Falcon (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 16 January 1942 (USA)
Gay Lawrence, aka The Falcon, is about to depart the city to marry his fiancée, Helen Reed, when a mystery girl, Rita Mara, asks for his aid in disposing of a secret formula for making ... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Reis

Writers:

Lynn Root (screen play), Frank Fenton (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Gay Lawrence / The Falcon
Wendy Barrie ... Helen Reed
James Gleason ... Inspector Mike O'Hara
Allen Jenkins ... Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke
Mona Maris ... Rita Mara
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Storyline

Gay Lawrence, aka The Falcon, is about to depart the city to marry his fiancée, Helen Reed, when a mystery girl, Rita Mara, asks for his aid in disposing of a secret formula for making synthetic diamonds. He deliberately allows himself to be kidnapped by the gang for which Rita works. His aide, "Goldy" Locke, trails the kidnappers and brings the police. But the head of the gang escapes, and the Falcon continues the pursuit. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Second of new screen series with the star who played The Saint. See more »


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Wendy Barrie as Helen Reed, Allen Jenkins as Goldy, and Eddie Dunn as Detctive Grimes repeat their roles in this second entry in the series. Hans Conried, who appeared as Herman, the police artist in "The Gay Falcon," reappears in a larger role as a snoopy hotel clerk, and Bobby Barber, who ran a club as Angelo in the previous film, is regulated to playing a walk-on as a member of the crowd watching George Sanders on a ledge. See more »

Goofs

Goldy brings Helen a pot of coffee with cream pitcher, sugar bowl and one cup. After talking to Gay, Helen throws the bowl, pitcher and pot but nothings spills out of them they are empty. See more »

Quotes

Gay Lawrence: I told you I don't know anything, and I don't want to find out anything!
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Features The Gay Falcon (1941) See more »

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Wittier than ever
4 July 2007 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is the second of the Falcon films starring George Sanders. The dialogue crackles with even more electricity than in the first. This film has more substance and plot than its predecessor, but is even funnier, with both sight gags and witty remarks throughout which are often hilarious. Who can ever forget George Sanders standing and smoking a cigarette nonchalantly on a window ledge of a New York hotel, while the crowd below gasps and take bets on whether he will jump. When a policeman forces him inside the window at gunpoint, the street crowd sighs in disappointment, and one man says: 'I figured him for a phoney.' When Sanders goes into a florist shop to buy roses for his (new) fiancée, the woman running it is an old girl friend. She is surprised and disappointed that he is getting married: 'You're much too undependable to be taken out of circulation. It's a crime.' He drolly replies: 'Yes, and I can't solve it. It's a perfect crime.' Hans Conreid, who stole scenes in the previous Falcon film as a police artist, really runs away with his scenes in this one as a hotel clerk. Wendy Barrie scintillates as much as ever, sometimes ferocious, at other times gentle, but always on fire. What a cracker! They don't make 'em like this any more. And all that on a low budget, with a couple of cars and a few cheap sets. Today's directors with their hundred million dollar budgets ought to take a look at some of these old cheapies and learn how to make real movies. Then we would not all be so bored by their silly special effects and exploding cars which they substitute for acting and witty dialogue, and we could enjoy a film again like people could in 1941.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gay Falcon Steps In See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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