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The Falcon in Mexico (1944)

An artist's daughter becomes suspicious when new paintings by her supposedly dead father begin turning up in New York. When a gallery owner is murdered, the Falcon and Miss Wade head for ... See full summary »

Director:

William Berke

Writers:

George Worthing Yates (original screenplay), Gerald Geraghty (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Conway ... Tom Lawrence
Mona Maris ... Raquel
Martha Vickers ... Barbara Wade (as Martha MacVicar)
Nestor Paiva ... Manuel Romero
Mary Currier Mary Currier ... Paula Dudley
Cecilia Callejo ... Dolores Ybarra
Emory Parnell ... Winthrop 'Lucky Diamond' Hughes
Joseph Vitale ... Anton
Pedro de Cordoba ... Don Carlos Ybarra (as Pedro De Cordoba)
Fernando Alvarado ... Pancho Romero
Bryant Washburn ... Humphrey Wade
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Storyline

An artist's daughter becomes suspicious when new paintings by her supposedly dead father begin turning up in New York. When a gallery owner is murdered, the Falcon and Miss Wade head for Mexico City to investigate. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Horror-Mask Key Clue As Master-Killer Slays Four!

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Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 February 1945 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Detective Privado 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

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

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Followed by Search for Danger (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Oye, mi corazón
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung by Mona Maris at the hotel
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Too many distracting process shots with actors in front of filmed backgrounds...
19 November 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

RKO must have had a very small budget to work with when they made "The Falcon in Mexico", using stock footage of actual location photography but process photography for all of the studio shots with actors in front of the screened location backgrounds. It becomes such a distraction that there's a tendency not to follow the plot after awhile but just to watch how often the actors are in Hollywood rather than Mexico.

Whatever, the story is not intriguing enough and nobody seems to be trying very hard to bring it to life. Even the usually vivacious MARTHA VICKERS (who played the nymphomaniac in THE BIG SLEEP) has a hard time conveying any genuine emotion while she pines for her long lost father, while others in the cast are competent enough but not really inspired. NESTOR PAIVA has the best supporting role as an overly enthusiastic but helpful taxi driver called Manuel.

Nevertheless, Conway does a decent job as the debonair detective who has the same interest as the police in solving a crime, but seems to be avoiding them at every turn.

Some of the background photography is well filmed, but using process shots for scenes involving the actors is too obvious for comfort.

Summing up: All in all, a passable B-film entertainment.


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