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The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Drama | 10 November 1943 (USA)
Posing as an insurance investigator, Tom Lawrence investigates a murder of a teacher disguised as a suicide at a women's college.

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

Ardel Wray (screenplay), Gerald Geraghty (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Conway ... Tom Lawrence
Jean Brooks ... Vicky Gaines
Rita Corday ... Marguerita Serena
Amelita Ward ... Jane Harris
Isabel Jewell ... Mary Phoebus
George Givot ... Dr. Anatole Graelich
Cliff Clark ... Inspector Timothy Donovan
Edward Gargan ... Detective Bates (as Ed Gargan)
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Miss Keyes
Nita Hunter Nita Hunter ... Second Ugh (as Juanita Alvarez)
Ruth Álvarez Ruth Álvarez ... First Ugh (as Ruth Alvarez)
Nancy McCollum Nancy McCollum ... Third Ugh
Patti Brill Patti Brill ... Beanie Smith
Olin Howland ... Goodwillie, Bluecliff Driver (as Olin Howlin)
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Storyline

Tom Lawrence, the Falcon, is called to the Bluecliff School for young ladies to look into the murder of one of its professors (and hopefully cover up the scandal such a murder will entail). After his arrival murder strikes again. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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FOLLOW THE FALCON'S PURSUIT OF THE PHANTOM KILLER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Falcon and the Co-eds 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

Most Falcon films end with a teaser previewing his next case. The first time it accurately presaged the sequel's plot was for "The Falcon and the Co-eds." See more »

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In the last cliff top scenes, the Falcon is walking along the cliff top, but the background scenery does not move showing him to be walking on a treadmill. See more »

Quotes

Eustace L. Harley, the undertaker: Can I help you?
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I Get The Neck Of The Chicken
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An amusing time was had by all
12 July 2007 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is the seventh of the Falcon films, and apart from a single line of dialogue by Tom Conway: 'I think more clearly with a tall glass in my hand', there is no witty dialogue at all. The film is very amusing, but no longer because of wisecracks, instead the humour has become entirely situational. The film is what could be called a 'comedy thriller'. The Falcon series has now changed completely, and the last vestiges of true film noir atmosphere have vanished from it like the mist. The setting is a girls' college, and like all films of that time, all the students are several years older than the parts they play. (Watch out for an uncredited early appearance as a co-ed by Dorothy Malone, later a B star.) The only really cute kids in the film play the three daughters of a faculty member: they sing brilliantly and have all the charm and sense of fun of the children that they are. Everybody else is much too old, including Tom Conway in this situation. However, the film is genuinely fun and the plot is an intriguing thriller tale with unusual twists. There are some good scenes on the edges of cliffs, hints of hypnotic suggestion, psychological undertones, a girl who foresees the future and may or may not be insane, all 'jolly good stuff' and a superior B movie. A good time was indeed had by all, even by Jean Brooks, who specialises in looking grim and dangerous while at the same time holding out the occasional reluctant smile as both a threat and an inducement to those who either suspect her or are attracted by her. Her work as a B movie villainess or alluring suspect has never been sufficiently appreciated.


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