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The Falcon in San Francisco (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery | 25 July 1945 (USA)
The Falcon and his friend Goldie Locke check into what appears to be a silk-smuggling racket in San Francisco.

Director:

Joseph H. Lewis

Writers:

Robert E. Kent (screenplay) (as Robert Kent), Ben Markson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Conway ... Tom Lawrence
Rita Corday ... Joan Marshall
Edward Brophy ... Goldie Locke (as Edward S. Brophy)
Sharyn Moffett ... Annie Marshall
Fay Helm ... Doreen Temple
Robert Armstrong ... De Forrest Marshall
Carl Kent ... Rickey
George Holmes ... Dalman
John Mylong ... Carl Dudley
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Storyline

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 Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Halcón en San Francisco See more »

Filming Locations:

San Franciso, California, USA 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 eleventh of sixteen movies for the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon" starring Tom Conway. See more »

Goofs

When Lawrence jumps on the trolley-car, 2 young women are sitting at the back. In the next shot, there is only one man. See more »

Quotes

Goldie Locke: [On seeing beautiful woman] If she can't help me with my income tax, nobody can.
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Follows The Falcon in Hollywood (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

My Shining Hour
(1943) (uncredited)
For "The Sky's the Limit")
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played by house orchestra (music only) in nightclub scene.
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Decent but convoluted story
22 November 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a movie that can be enjoyed on a superficial level, but if you think too much about the plot it might just give you a headache. That's because the plot often just doesn't make much sense--particularly the far-fetched ending.

Tom Conway plays his usual dapper role as Tom Lawrence ("The Falcon") and the film is greatly improved by having his old sidekick ("Goldy", played by Eddie Brophy). For some reason, while earlier Falcon films always featured a sidekick, for quite a few of Conway's film the sidekick had disappeared--making the films a bit flat and needing an infusion of humor. Also, fortunately, there is no ditsy female to clutter up the film. The female leads in THE FALCON IN Hollywood and several other previous films were just awful--playing both love interests and comic relief. However, they all just came off as annoying. Fortunately, Goldy is not annoying but provided able support--as did the cute little kid who appeared in the film. Often, cute kids are detriments to a film but here she infuses a nice new element to the film.

While I could TRY to explain the film, frankly it didn't make all that much sense to me and I am sure it would only confuse you if I tried! It was that convoluted! For fans of the series, this is a good and welcome addition to the series. But for others, it's probably not going to make them fans of the Falcon films.


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