On vacation, Tom Lawrence--The Falcon--and his Brooklyn-born sidekick 'Goldie' Locke meet cute with a little girl named Annie whose nurse has just been murdered. Accompanying Annie home, The Falcon is arrested for kidnapping, but bailed out of jail by a mysterious woman (Helm). A labyrinthine plot then unfurls involving silk smuggling, a steamship called the S.S. Citadel and an ex-bootlegger named Duke Monette.Written by
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Edward Brophy (who plays the Falcon's sidekick "Goldie" Locke) was one of Hollywood's busiest character actors in the 1940s, but may be best remembered as the voice of Timothy Mouse, the best friend and mentor to the big-eared title character in Walt Disney's original animated version of Dumbo. See more »
In the opening of the film, The Falcon and Goldie are on an express train, The San Franciscan, which is travelling at high speed. At no time does the interior of the car give the impression it is part of a moving train as none of the train staff or passengers have any trouble walking and the drinks served remain completely steady without any shaking from the train movement. See more »
My Shining Hour
For "The Sky's the Limit")
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played by house orchestra (music only) in nightclub scene. See more »
One of Tom Conway's better later, and overall, Falcon films
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', though also a few disappointments like 'The Falcon in Danger' and 'The Falcon in Mexico'.
On the most part, 'The Falcon in San Francisco' is for me one of Conway's better later and overall Falcon films. It is one of the series' most stylish and funniest, and also the series at its earthiest and most violent. Most of the film works very well indeed, but the story does get a little convoluted later and ends abruptly. A few of Edward Brophy's comic shenanigans are a touch overdone too.
However, a lot also does work. The music is lively and haunting enough, and on the most part the production values are slick and atmospheric with particularly nicely done photography. A new director is on board here, courtesy of Joseph H Lewis in his sole Falcon outing, and it is a very stylish and energetic directing job. Further advantages are a very playful script with dialogue that crackles with wit and some of the series' funniest and a mostly absorbing story that is never less than bright, breezy and fun with some suspense and great twists and turns.
Conway is dapper, suave, charismatic and amusingly cutting here, he always thrived in the title role and 'The Falcon in San Francisco' is evidence of that. Rita Corday brings plenty of allure, Edward Brophy is on the most part very funny and his comic relief is more than welcome and Sharyn Moffett is charming and vulnerable without ever falling into any of the obvious traps that child performers can do.
All in all, solid fun and one of the better later films of the series and one of Conway's best. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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