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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 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 Michael Mark ... 2nd Baggage Clerk
Carlo Schipa 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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Screen Play by DON MARTIN (original poster...and film) See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Date with Murder See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The 15th of 16 movies for the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon" starring John Calvert. See more »

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Follows The Falcon in San Francisco (1945) See more »

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A Flat Ball That Bounces Around
25 November 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The movie may lack visual style, but the two leads, Calvert & Craig, certainly don't. They wear their wardrobes like statuesque models that make for an eye-catching duo. Plot-wise the screenplay should have been junked-- no suspense, no whodunit, and barely any interest, unless, that is, you care whether the classic paintings are original or not. In fact, the narrative plays sloppily with the idea bouncing it around for 67-minutes. At the very least, a re-write was in order, but then the budget production may have been on a hurry-up schedule.

On the plus side is comparatively decent acting, especially from the lively Craig who steals the show, at least in my little book. Also picking up a payday is the versatile Ben Welden who has a real knock-down-drag-out with Calvert. I also like the way the detective shows his battle scars for the rest of the film, something Hollywood usually erased in the next scene. Also, watch for the deliciously eccentric James Griffith just starting out and as a detective, no less. There're also a few good location shots of downtown LA circa 1948.

But on the whole, the detective flick fails to register, thanks mainly to a boring screenplay.


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