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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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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 »

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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Trivia

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Goofs

When George Sanders is punched by a policeman on the street, it is obviously a stunt man who gets knocked down and stands up, not Sanders. See more »

Quotes

Gay Lawrence: You're going to fix a window?
Needles, a Henchman: [Ominously] No, I'm gonna fix your wagon.
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Connections

Followed by Appointment with Murder (1948) See more »

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Familiar cast lend charm to familiar story
18 September 2013 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

George Sanders is back as Gay Lawrence, the suave and mysterious figure known as the Falcon. The emphasis is on comedy in this second series entry, with Gay alternately seeking a kidnapped inventor and scrambling to keep various female acquaintances apart.

Wendy Barrie is fast-talking and quick-tempered as Helen, the Falcon's fiancée, at least for the moment. Allen Jenkins is "Goldy" Locke, the Falcon's right hand man and provider of smart comments.

Between Barrie and Jenkins, the wisecracks fly pretty fast throughout the picture; Sanders does his best to keep up the suavity, but even he is reduced to uncharacteristic comic exasperation ("Just as I was getting everything to run nice and smooth," he complains, upset with his romantic complications).

The plot centers around a synthetic diamond formula. Its inventor wants to save it for American defense industry use, but spies are after it—and him. Sure enough, the Falcon gets involved…. The story is hardly unique but it's solid enough, and is really only an excuse for these characters to have something to work on, anyway.

Among the cast of pros in familiar roles, James Gleason is steady as always as a police inspector and Edward Gargan is funny as a dumb assistant cop.

Jenkins and Sanders click especially well and trade lines flawlessly. Jenkins: "Who was that dame?" Sanders: "A very fascinating woman." Jenkins: "Every time you say that, we get into trouble."

Good fun for us fans of the detective-comedy genre.


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