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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.


Irving Reis


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




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 ... Detective Grimes
Lucile Gleason ... Vera Gardner
Willie Fung ... Jerry


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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CRIMINALS BEWARE! Here comes fiction's man of mystery! (original print ad) See more »


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Did You Know?


In order to ease the transition from "The Saint' to 'The Falcon' RKO cast Wendy Barrie in the series. Barrie had played the female leads in three of the George Sanders' entries in 'The Saint' series, albeit in different roles each time. See more »


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 »


Gay Lawrence: Mike, Miss Benford's okay and I love her. But, would you do me a favor and lock her up until we get back?
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Referenced in Wonder Boys (2000) See more »

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Pleasant entry in the Falcon series...
6 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This is a pleasant B-film from The Falcon series with (by today's standards) a misleading title.

GEORGE SANDERS is the woman-chasing sleuth who always manages to get involved in a crime the police cannot solve without his help. WENDY BARRIE is the flirtatious woman who goes along with him on a series of adventures that have them on the hunt for the murder of a woman wearing a very expensive diamond. ALLEN JENKINS is Sander's side-kick, amusing as usual in a supporting role.

The cast is full of surprises--never expected to see GLADYS COOPER as a rich society dame with a key role in the mystery, TURHAN BEY (a rising young star at the time), and EDWARD BROPHY and ARTHUR SHIELDS as baffled police officers.

Sanders says every line in that dryly sarcastic manner he would use as Addison deWitt in ALL ABOUT EVE years later, but he seems to be enjoying his role. There's nothing very ingenious about the plot, but it does come up with a surprise toward the end because Sanders has information withheld from the viewer.

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Release Date:

24 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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