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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 »

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... Gay Lawrence / The Falcon
... Helen Reed
... Inspector Mike O'Hara
... Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke
... Rita Mara
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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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Sampson's laboratory at 202 Maiden Lane as per the telegram he receives would place it at the corner of Maiden Lane and South Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The location is now underneath an elevated section of FDR Drive. See more »

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The rear projection footage used in most of the driving scenes was shot in Los Angeles, although the film is set in New York City. This is evidenced by the Biltmore Theatre in Downtown, LA appearing in one scene. See more »

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Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke: I tell yuh, I'm as sober as a judge.
Policeman: I'll put you before one, and we'll find out.
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Followed by The Falcon in Danger (1943) See more »

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A date with Homer Bilky was strenuously denied
8 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

This Falcon entry (2/13) was played mainly for laughs, sometimes bordering on slapstick. The puns and wisecracks come thick and fast between the leading characters, all of them doubting everyone else's intelligence or honour. Wendy Barrie is almost manic in her assumed jealousy, James Gleason as the police Inspector is perfect and always brings his performance in "Arsenic and old lace" to my mind whenever I see him. But it's George Sanders as the Falcon and Allen Jenkins as his sidekick Goldie that have the majority of the smart ass one-liners, Sanders' body language is sometimes Music Hall but always believable.

Scientist Alec Craig apparently murdered by a gang after his formula to produce perfect synthetic diamonds, the Falcon unwillingly pulled into the caper whilst urgently trying to get off to get married to the frothing Barrie. As usual the entire NY police force was alerted to apprehend him as a murderer that no-one ever believes he really is. And Barrie loves him with a passion even though she knows he'll always love nearly all women. And Goldie stays with him wanting an easy life but knowing he'll never be getting one.

Enjoyable film, 61 minutes short but a lot seems to happen. Ed Gargan as Bates even shone here with a supreme show of brainpower!


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