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The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 7 May 1943 (USA)
Tom Lawrence, who has inherited his brother's sobriquet of "The Falcon," is framed for the theft of war bonds and murder.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Edward Dein (screenplay), Gerald Geraghty (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Conway ... Tom Lawrence
Harriet Nelson ... Gwynne Gregory (as Harriet Hilliard)
Jane Randolph ... Marcia Brooks
Edgar Kennedy ... Smiley Dugan
Cliff Edwards ... Goldie Locke
Rita Corday ... Mia Bruger
Erford Gage Erford Gage ... Rickey Davis
Wynne Gibson ... Geraldine Lipton
André Charlot André Charlot ... Bruno Steffen (as Andre Charlot)
Richard Loo ... Jerry
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Inspector Timothy Donovan
Edward Gargan ... Detective Bates (as Ed Gargan)
The Velma Dawson Puppets The Velma Dawson Puppets ... Group Performers
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Storyline

The Falcon is framed for the murder of a banker and the theft of war bonds. He makes his escape into the mountains where he hides out in a rustic lodge. From here he uncovers a phony war bond operation. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Falcon Comes Back 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

Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Charles Russell (Bank Messenger), Frank O'Connor (Bank Guard) and Lorna Dunn (Taxi Driver). In addition, Joyce Compton and Grady Sutton were in a Hollywood Reporter production chart, but they were not in the film either. See more »

Goofs

Dugan is shown using a "silencer" on a revolver - which doesn't actually work in real life at all because of the gap between the cylinder and the barrel of the gun. And, of course, no silencer (supressor, actually) would make any gun go "pfft" like we hear here and in so many other films. See more »

Quotes

Tom Lawrence: [after Marcia declines to alibi for him] Well, Inspector, you've caught me.
Inspector Timothy Donovan: Then you're ready to confess?
Tom Lawrence: Yes, it wasn't Marcia Brooks. It was a Miss...
[Changing his mind]
Tom Lawrence: I'd rather not give her name. It would be violating a confidence.
Inspector Timothy Donovan: Yeah? She doesn't have a name because she doesn't exist.
Marcia Brooks: [Interrupting] Oh, but she does, Inspector. I met her in his... office. I didn't get her name, but she's an exotic little tomato... if you like the acid type.
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One of the more enjoyable Falcon entries...but all the clichés are there...
26 September 2004 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Entertaining little mystery with a puppeteer theme among the sub-plots and easy to watch. TOM CONWAY, sounding amazingly like his brother George Sanders who originated the role of the Falcon, does a commendable job of mixing sleuthing with romance.

Jane Randolph is good as the romantic interest, but Harriet Hilliard offers little evidence of either acting ability or future possibilities as a romantic lead. She had a much brighter future on TV.

The plot has something to do with war bonds but only serves to provide a modicum of interest until the murderer is finally revealed. Edgar Kennedy has one of his more memorable roles here.

A breezy entry in the series, very watchable. Amusing to see Cliff Edwards (of "Pinocchio" fame) in a supporting role.


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