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The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 7 May 1943 (USA)
Tom Lawrence, who has inherited his brother's sobriquet of "The Falcon," is framed for the theft of war bonds and murder.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Edward Dein (screenplay), Gerald Geraghty (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Conway ... Tom Lawrence
Harriet Nelson ... Gwynne Gregory (as Harriet Hilliard)
Jane Randolph ... Marcia Brooks
Edgar Kennedy ... Smiley Dugan
Cliff Edwards ... Goldie Locke
Rita Corday ... Mia Bruger
Erford Gage Erford Gage ... Rickey Davis
Wynne Gibson ... Geraldine Lipton
André Charlot André Charlot ... Bruno Steffen (as Andre Charlot)
Richard Loo ... Jerry
Cliff Clark ... Inspector Timothy Donovan
Edward Gargan ... Detective Bates (as Ed Gargan)
The Velma Dawson Puppets The Velma Dawson Puppets ... Group Performers
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Storyline

The Falcon is framed for the murder of a banker and the theft of war bonds. He makes his escape into the mountains where he hides out in a rustic lodge. From here he uncovers a phony war bond operation. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Falcon Comes Back 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

The fifth of sixteen movies for the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon" starring Tom Conway. See more »

Goofs

Dugan is shown using a "silencer" on a revolver - which doesn't actually work in real life at all because of the gap between the cylinder and the barrel of the gun. And, of course, no silencer (supressor, actually) would make any gun go "pfft" like we hear here and in so many other films. See more »

Quotes

Tom Lawrence: [after Marcia declines to alibi for him] Well, Inspector, you've caught me.
Inspector Timothy Donovan: Then you're ready to confess?
Tom Lawrence: Yes, it wasn't Marcia Brooks. It was a Miss...
[Changing his mind]
Tom Lawrence: I'd rather not give her name. It would be violating a confidence.
Inspector Timothy Donovan: Yeah? She doesn't have a name because she doesn't exist.
Marcia Brooks: [Interrupting] Oh, but she does, Inspector. I met her in his... office. I didn't get her name, but she's an exotic little tomato... if you like the acid type.
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Followed by The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943) See more »

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The Falcon series on DVD?
9 December 2007 | by Captain_Woodrow_CallSee all my reviews

After doing some internet searching it appears that the Falcon series has not been put on DVDs. Does anyone know if there is a reasonable chance that that will happen? My son and I recently recorded three of The Falcon movies off of a satellite channel and enjoyed all three. I'd sure buy a DVD set of the series if it were available.

The three films we saw were The Falcon's Brother, The Falcon and the Co-Eds and The Falcon Strikes Back. That is probably the order in which we would rank the three films, but for us they are pretty close. I read a comment that the earlier George Sanders films had a more film noir atmosphere, in which case we'd definitely like to see those.

Thanks,


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