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The Falcon's Brother (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 6 November 1942 (USA)
Tom Lawrence, Gay's brother, takes over for his injured sibling in a case which involves Nazi espionage and political assassination.

Director:

Stanley Logan

Writers:

Stuart Palmer (original screenplay), Craig Rice (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Gay Lawrence
Tom Conway ... Tom Lawrence
Jane Randolph ... Marcia Brooks
Don Barclay ... Lefty
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Inspector Timothy Donovan
Edward Gargan ... Detective Bates
Eddie Dunn ... Detective Grimes
Charlotte Wynters ... Arlette
James Newill ... Paul Harrington
Keye Luke ... Jerry
Amanda Varela Amanda Varela ... Carmela
George J. Lewis ... Valdez (as George Lewis)
Gwili Andre ... Diane Medford
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Storyline

Gay Lawrence, amateur detective known as The Falcon, learns that his brother Tom has been reported murdered on a ship arriving from South America. Gay pursues the murderers, despite the fact that he knows his brother is still alive. When he is disabled, his brother Tom takes over the case, investigating a fashion magazine involved in secret activities with German infiltrators. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

New Face -- Same Falcon -- as fiction's famous sleuth hands down a heritage of mob hate to THE Falcon's Brother See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This film did well at the box office, earning RKO a profit of $128,000 ($2M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene at Bayport, Tom Conway refers to Charles Arndt's character Moffett as Medford. See more »

Quotes

Tom Lawrence: Well, small world, isn't it?
Marcia Brooks: Yes; and there's some very small people in it.
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Connections

Followed by The Falcon in Hollywood (1944) See more »

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Get TWO for the price of ONE!!
31 December 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a B-movie detective film from back in the day when such series were common. While The Falcon series isn't as interesting or fun as Charlie Chan or Sherlock Holmes, it is one of the better examples of the genre. Interestingly enough, growing up I often couldn't remember if I'd just seen a Falcon film or a Saint film, as both series were produced (for the most part) by RKO and many featured George Sanders playing the same character in almost every way aside from their name! The formula and action was identical--both detectives were sophisticated rich guys who mostly dabbled in investigating crimes out of a desire to avoid boredom or meet women! From a historical standpoint, this is THE must-see film of either series, as it stars George Sanders AND his nearly identical-looking and talking real-life brother, Tom Conway--who when on to play The Falcon in nine films! It seems that George was tired of this series work and wanted out of the contract, so they decided to use his equally talented older brother--who made a smooth transition to the role. In fact, it's pretty cool to see BOTH Falcons in the same film and I really appreciated the unusual and unexpected ending (which I WON'T divulge so I'll keep it suspenseful).

Apart from Conway and Sanders, the film is also better than the average Falcon film, as the plot is very good and the supporting cast all do an excellent job of combining mystery with a light sense of humor. This isn't an intellectual or deep film, but represents a good and watchable B-movie that has held up well through the years.


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Release Date:

6 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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