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The Gay Falcon (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 24 October 1941 (USA)
The Falcon investigates jewel thieves who are working with hard up socialites to defraud insurance companies. First of the Falcon series.

Director:

Irving Reis

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Gay Laurence / The Falcon
Wendy Barrie ... Helen Reed
Allen Jenkins ... Jonathan G. 'Goldie' Locke
Nina Vale ... Elinor Benford (as Anne Hunter)
Gladys Cooper ... Maxine Wood
Edward Brophy ... Detective Bates
Arthur Shields ... Inspector Mike Waldeck
Damian O'Flynn ... Noel Weber
Turhan Bey ... Manuel Retana
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... Detective Grimes
Lucile Gleason ... Vera Gardner
Willie Fung ... Jerry
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florence Bates ... (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Society grand dame Maxine Wood who hosts charity parties in her home is mixed up in a jewel theft racket which defrauds insurance companies. When another socialite, Vera Gardner, is murdered, Gay Laurence (a.k.a. The Falcon) and assistant 'Goldie' Locke are on the case with help from beautiful Helen Reed, who becomes a rival to Gay's fiancée Elinor for the sleuth's affections. Written by duke1029@aol.com, A.Nonymous

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A BOLD ADVENTURER...who's as smooth with the ladies as he's clever with Crime! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El halcón galante See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First of three Falcon films to feature Hans Conried, each time the actor is uncredited and plays a different role. See more »

Goofs

Evidently not considered worth a re-shoot, a fly lands on the Falcon's hat and climbs down it when he arranges to meet Helen at Tony's cafe. See more »

Quotes

Elinor Benford: After all, Gay, you've spent your whole life thus far chasing adventure around the world. You've been clever enough to keep a whole skin. Surely you're clever enough to sell a few stocks and bonds.
Gay Lawrence: Darling, that's what I love about you - your supreme confidence in me. It gives me the courage to go on!
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Followed by The Falcon's Adventure (1946) See more »

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First of the Falcon series
7 January 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

George Sanders is "The Gay Falcon," a 1941 film, the first entry into the Falcon series. The title has a double meaning, as the Falcon's first name is Gay. Though it's a programmer, "The Gay Falcon" has quite an uptown cast, including Gladys Cooper, Allen Jenkins, Turhan Bey, and Wendy Barrie.

The Falcon and his sidekick Goldie (Jenkins) are insurance brokers in this, and Gay is, as usual, engaged. After turning down an invitation to a fancy party, Helen, secretary to a Perle Mesta type named Maxine who is giving the party, begs him to attend in order to prevent a jewel robbery. Maxine's events have been the scene of a string of jewel robberies. So Gay attends. A woman who insisted on wearing a huge diamond is murdered. Gay is on the case.

George Sanders makes a very appealing Falcon - he's tall, elegant, and smooth, with a great voice and off-the-cuff delivery. He gives the role a light, breezy quality. The rest of the cast is very good. Turhan plays a swarthy, suspicious type - this was pre-Maria Montez and Sabu. It's always great to see the Turhan Bey, one of the actors who benefited from the man shortage in Hollywood during World War II. Though he eventually returned to his native Vienna to work as a photographer, he did quite a few television appearances in the '90s.

Alas, there is a bit of casting that sort of gave the denouement away for this viewer, but the mystery is not really the point of The Falcon series. The point is to have fun, which you will.


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