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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

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1942 (USA) See more »

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The Gay Falcon Steps In See more »

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

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1.37 : 1
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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

It is obviously a stunt man who is knocked down as Goldie, not Allen Jenkins. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Michael 'Mike' O'Hara: [Discovering that he has mistaken a phony diamond for a real one] That settles it! I'm gonna change my wife's stone for a washing machine!
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Followed by The Falcon in San Francisco (1945) See more »

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Second entry of the Falcon series
22 November 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

George Sanders is the Falcon in "A Date with the Falcon," part of the enjoyable Falcon series, which was eventually taken over by Sanders' brother Tom Conway so that Sanders could appear in another series, "The Saint." In this one, a man disappears with his invention, simulated diamonds that pass for the real thing, which can be used in place of industrial diamonds in the manufacture of war weapons. The Falcon becomes involved in the case, even though he's supposed to be leaving town with his abrasive fiancée (Wendy Barrie) in order to meet her parents.

A little disjointed, and though others have complained about the Wendy Barrie character, I seem to remember the Falcon had an even more annoying fiancée in another film, "The Falcon in Danger," only this time, it was Gay's brother Tom who was now The Falcon. Why these women were written with such a heavy hand is beyond me, but they do distract.

Still, this film is entertaining - James Gleason is excellent as the harried head of the investigation, and Allen Jenkins is funny as Gay's assistant. Always a pleasant way to pass the time.


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