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The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Drama | 10 November 1943 (USA)
Posing as an insurance investigator, Tom Lawrence investigates a murder of a teacher disguised as a suicide at a women's college.


William Clemens


Ardel Wray (screenplay), Gerald Geraghty (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Tom Conway ... Tom Lawrence
Jean Brooks ... Vicky Gaines
Rita Corday ... Marguerita Serena
Amelita Ward ... Jane Harris
Isabel Jewell ... Mary Phoebus
George Givot ... Dr. Anatole Graelich
Cliff Clark ... Inspector Timothy Donovan
Edward Gargan ... Detective Bates (as Ed Gargan)
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Miss Keyes
Nita Hunter Nita Hunter ... Second Ugh (as Juanita Alvarez)
Ruth Álvarez Ruth Álvarez ... First Ugh (as Ruth Alvarez)
Nancy McCollum Nancy McCollum ... Third Ugh
Patti Brill Patti Brill ... Beanie Smith
Olin Howland ... Goodwillie, Bluecliff Driver (as Olin Howlin)


Tom Lawrence, the Falcon, is called to the Bluecliff School for young ladies to look into the murder of one of its professors (and hopefully cover up the scandal such a murder will entail). After his arrival murder strikes again. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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FOLLOW THE FALCON'S PURSUIT OF THE PHANTOM KILLER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Crime | Mystery | Drama


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Release Date:

10 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Falcon and the Co-eds See more »

Company Credits

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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Did You Know?


The fourth of five Falcon films with Cliff Clark as Inspector Donovan and the seventh of eight with Edward Gargan as Detective Bates. See more »


In the last cliff top scenes, the Falcon is walking along the cliff top, but the background scenery does not move showing him to be walking on a treadmill. See more »


Tom Lawrence, the Falcon: [Introducing himself] Tom Lawrence, and I hope you'll forgive my stupid mistake.
Vicky Gaines: I'm afraid I was rather rude.
Tom Lawrence, the Falcon: It takes a very unusual woman to be rude and charming at the same time.
Tom Lawrence, the Falcon: [Curtly] You use compliments to teach to me, Mr. Lawrence.
[She walks away]
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Followed by The Falcon in Hollywood (1944) See more »


Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be?
(aka "Johnny So Long at the Fair") (uncredited)
Arranged by Dave Dreyer
Sung by the Three Ughs - Nancy McCollum, Nita Hunter and Ruth Álvarez
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a great late-night mystery
18 May 2004 | by tulmSee all my reviews

This was the first of the Falcon mystery series for me, and I found it very refreshing and entertaining. I've always appreciated the wonderful humor and wit of so many of the films of the forties, particularly the detective movies. And while this b-movie may not offer the seriousness or artistic styling that the film noir mystery genre of the era may have, it proves itself a wonderful way to spend an evening. The twists and turns of the plot are clever, but it is the acting and characters that really stand out. Conway brings a brilliant assuredness to the character of the Falcon which instantly reminded me of all my favorite British detectives -- a bit suave and yet self-effacing, calm, cool, and collected and yet not infallible. Furthermore, Bluecliff offered a enchanting and endearing look at a variety of memorable female characters, each playing off one another well and making a lovely counterpoint to the more reserved nature of the adults. The 3 Ughs are one of the great highlights of this film! All in all, a very fun film and one that has inspired me to watch even more of the Falcon series.

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