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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gay Falcon Steps In See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the first series entry, "The Gay Falcon," Goldie's name was spelled with an "ie," but here in the second it's spelled with a "y." 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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Connections

Followed by Appointment with Murder (1948) See more »

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a good series, and a good film
2 December 2008 | by guenzeldSee all my reviews

It would be hard to praise too highly these "Falcon" (and "Saint") films of the 30s and 40s, for in them was contained all the enjoyable trademarks of that fine era of movie making.

These films all had good writing, good directing, good acting, good photography, crisp editing and fast action. What more would you want? They also had plenty of charm and plenty of style.

A DATE WITH THE FALCON is one of the best of the bunch with a neat plot and some delightful set pieces. George Sanders and Wendy Barrie are fun to watch, and to listen to, but the supporting performances of folks like the great Allen Jenkins, James Gleason and Ed Gargan are just as entertaining. RKO had always made the best "B" pictures in town and for their production values alone it would hard to fault them. And a special "hats off" must go to director Irving Reis for some extremely amusing sequences very professionally staged.

Don't be put off by the one or two supercilious remarks by some of the above reviewers. Just go watch these films and have yourself a very good time doing so. You will quickly notice a brand of film-making vastly superior to what is being done today.


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