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The Falcon in Danger (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, War | 17 July 1943 (USA)
Whem a passenger plane crash lands at a local airport, bystanders and first responders are shocked to find there is no one aboard.


William Clemens


Fred Niblo Jr. (screenplay), Craig Rice (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Jean Brooks ... Iris Fairchild
Elaine Shepard ... Nancy Palmer
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Cliff Clark ... Insp. Timothy Donovan
Edward Gargan ... Det. Bates (as Ed Gargan)
Clarence Kolb ... Stanley Harris Palmer
Felix Basch Felix Basch ... Morley
Richard Davies ... Kenneth Gibson
Richard Martin ... George Morley
Erford Gage Erford Gage ... Evan Morley
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... Det. Grimes


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Release Date:

17 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime sem Rasto 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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In an interesting take on double standards, when Tom Conway and Jean Brooks fall on their derrières in the roller skating rink, he had a stuntman to take the fall, but Brooks was left to do the stunt herself. See more »


At the start of the film when the airliner is shown crashing the model is of a conventional small twin-engined airliner. In the live action shots after the crash it has the unusual twin horizontal tail structures supported by several vertical surfaces of the Capelis XC-12, also used in Five Came Back (1939). See more »


Det. Bates: [At the airport] Where'd the Falcon get that other dame?
Insp. Timothy Donovan: Sometimes I think he takes 'em outta his hat!
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Followed by The Falcon in Mexico (1944) See more »

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Not much of a sense of danger here
20 November 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Falcon films, both with George Sanders and Tom Conway in the lead role, are on the most part very enjoyable. There are some very good ones like the first two Sanders Falcon films and 'The Falcon Strikes Back'. At the same time there are a few lacklustre ones, with 'The Falcon in Danger' being one of the biggest examples.

Not unwatchable certainly. Tom Conway continues to thrive and enjoy himself as the title character, everything that Sanders brought to the role are also present in Conway's performance and with full impact. The music is lively enough, and on the most part the production values are slick and atmospheric. Cliff Clark is much better here than in his previous two Falcon films, where he suffered from poor writing that made his character a mugging buffoon and that James Gleason was (still is admittedly) sorely missed, here he's amusing at being befuddled and indignant.

It starts off well too, with a tense opening (pretty poor effects aside) that makes one wish that the rest of 'The Falcon in Danger' was just as good. The roller-skating scene is funny, Elaine Shepherd is alluring and fits well enough and Edward Gargan boasts the best comic moments.

On the other hand, any sense of danger and suspense is lost after the opening. The running time is too short, which has not always been a problem in a film series with short durations but it was less forgivable with so much crammed in and paced so frantically here. 'The Falcon in Danger' does suffer from trying to cram in and tell too much in a short space of time, which makes a lot of the mystery underdeveloped and confused, with almost all of it a long way from suspenseful, and a few scenes and transitions rushed. The script is full of red herrings and sudden revelations, a vast majority of which done rather unsubtly and out of nowhere, any surprises turn out even not to be all that surprising.

A lot of the mystery is forced to take a backseat to the romance, which is dull and lacks chemistry. A contender for the worst thing about 'The Falcon in Danger' is the exceedingly annoying performance of Amelita Ward, if there was an award for the worst or most annoying performance in a Falcon film Ward's a very strong contender.

Summing up, starts off well and definitely watchable, but the rest of the film doesn't match up to the promising standard of the opening, being rushed, over-stuffed and confused and Ward really grates. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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