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The Falcon Takes Over (1942)

The Falcon and reporter Ann Riordan try to solve a string of murders after an ex-wrestler, released from jail, goes looking for his girl friend.

Director:

Irving Reis

Writers:

Lynn Root (screenplay), Frank Fenton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Gay Lawrence
Lynn Bari ... Ann Riordan
James Gleason ... Inspector Mike O'Hara
Allen Jenkins ... Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke
Helen Gilbert ... Diana Kenyon
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Storyline

One night in New York, beefy escaped convict Moose Malloy goes hunting for his ex-girlfriend Velma, leaving a trail of mayhem behind him. Velma seems to be well-hidden, and adventurer The Falcon, intrigued, investigates on his own, approaching the heart of the mystery via a varied sequence of shady characters and attractive women. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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MYSTERY that you'll laugh at...when -- The Falcon TAKES OVER


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Falcon Steps Out See more »

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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

This is the first of three film versions of Raymond Chandler's "Farewell, My Lovely", with Gay Lawrence standing in for Philip Marlowe. See more »

Goofs

In a night club scene The Falcon and Diana Kenyon are sitting close together talking. There is a plant pot on a ledge behind them, partially obscured and on the table a champagne glass is in front of Diana Kenyon. In the next shot, there is a gap separating the two, the flower pot is now centrally placed between them and the champagne glass has moved position. See more »

Quotes

Diana Kenyon: Strange that we never met before.
Gay Lawrence: Stranger still if we don't meet again.
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Connections

Followed by The Falcon's Brother (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Roy Webb
Sung by drunken George Sanders
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Poor Man's `Murder My Sweet/Lovely'
24 August 2002 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

Anyone who has seen the definitive Edward Dmytryk film noir `Murder My Sweet' (1944) will blanch at this low-budget Falcon version of Raymond Chandler's 1940 `Murder My Lovely.' Life is not fair – more viewers will have seen the subsequent performance of Dick Powell as detective Philip Marlowe than George Sanders efforts as Gay Lawrence. These films are simply not comparable although they are based on the same novel. And it isn't that Dmytryk never made Falcon-class films – he directed `The Falcon Strikes Back' in 1943. It is just that `The Falcon Takes Over' comes nowhere near the superior `Murder My Sweet' and thus anyone who has seen both versions will be disappointed.

Director Irving Reis was teamed with George Sanders on the first three of the Falcon films – this one being the last appearance for both in the series. George Sanders especially disappointed me – he has done better in this type role and I am pre-disposed to like anything that he has done. Ward Bond does a good job at playing the hulk Moose Malloy – but anyone who has seen Mike Mazurki will not be as impressed. Allen Jenkins does well as faithful sidekick Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke but in the Tom Conway Falcon series, Edward Brophy is a good substitute. James Gleason is always good as the policeman in charge.

See this to compare or to round out your viewing of the Sanders Falcon series.


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