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Appointment with Murder (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Romance | 24 November 1948 (USA)
The Falcon is hired by an insurance company to recover two stolen paintings, a job that takes him across the country and then across the Atlantic to Italy. Before he knows it, his ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Bernhard

Writers:

Joel Malone (story), Harold Swanton (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
John Calvert ... Michael Waring aka The Falcon
Catherine Craig ... Lorraine W. Brinckley
Jack Reitzen ... Norton Benedict
Lyle Talbot ... Fred M. Muller
Peter Brocco ... Giuseppe Donatti
Ben Welden ... Martin Minecci
Robert Conte Robert Conte ... Count Dano
Jay Griffith Jay Griffith ... Detective
Michael Mark ... 2nd Baggage Clerk
Carlo Schipa ... Mario Farello (as Carlos Schipa)
Anna Demetrio ... Senora Rosa - Italian Woman (as Ann Demetrio)
Carole Donne Carole Donne ... Miss Connors
Barbara Freking Barbara Freking ... Barbara O'Brien - The Model
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The Falcon is hired by an insurance company to recover two stolen paintings, a job that takes him across the country and then across the Atlantic to Italy. Before he knows it, his investigation leads him into a world of double-crosses and big-time art fraud. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Mystery | Romance

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The second of John Calvert's three "The Falcon" features, shot August 1948 and released November 24. See more »

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Follows The Falcon's Alibi (1946) See more »

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There is a big difference between these Calvert films and the previous ones.
25 March 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the 1940s, there were 16 different Falcon movies starring three different actors. The first to play the character was George Sanders. When he tired of the role and wanted to do other projects instead, his real life brother, Tom Conway, took over the role. Then, after making nine of these films, Conway was replaced by John Calvert*. "Appointment with Murder" was the second of three Falcon films starring Calvert.

When the story begins, Michael Waring ('the Falcon') is in Italy. He's there investigating some forged and stolen paintings. When it appears he has everything wrapped up, someone tries to burglarize his room AND they also kill the forger and ransack his flat. Waring then heads back to the States and continues his investigations.

This is not a bad film but after seeing and hearing the very smooth brothers play the Falcon in other films, the much more ordinary Calvert is a huge letdown. It's not that Calvert is bad....but Sanders and Conway were much more memorable and sophisticated. You can't help but compare the actors if you've seen any of the previous films. Plus, the writers had Calvert involved in far more fighting than the previous two...and he punches and gets punched a lot in "Appointment with Murder". Overall, a modestly interesting film...one that is not up to the standards of the earlier Falcon films.







*Calvert only made a baker's dozen films. His main claim to fame was as a magician...one of the more famous ones of the 20th century.


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Country:

USA

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

24 November 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Date with Murder See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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