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The Falcon's Alibi (1946)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 22 April 1946 (USA)
A wealthy woman's secretary, fearing that she will be blamed if her employer's jewelry is stolen, hires the Falcon as guardian. The Falcon is blamed when the jewels are stolen and murders ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray McCarey

Writers:

Paul Yawitz (screenplay), Dane Lussier (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Conway ... Tom Lawrence
Rita Corday ... Joan Meredith
Vince Barnett ... Goldie Locke
Jane Greer ... Lola Carpenter
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Nick
Emory Parnell ... Metcalf
Al Bridge ... Police Inspector Blake
Esther Howard ... Gloria Peabody
Jean Brooks ... Baroness Lena
Paul Brooks Paul Brooks ... Alex Olmsted
Jason Robards Sr. ... Harvey Beaumont (as Jason Robards)
Morgan Wallace ... Bender
Lucien Prival ... Baron
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bonnie Blair Bonnie Blair ... Phone Operator (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A wealthy woman's secretary, fearing that she will be blamed if her employer's jewelry is stolen, hires the Falcon as guardian. The Falcon is blamed when the jewels are stolen and murders ensue. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Falkens alibi See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (archival footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The 12th of 16 movies about the suave detective nicknamed "The Falcon" released from 1941 to 1949. See more »

Goofs

During the taxicab chase, they are shown passing the Olympic Theatre twice. See more »

Quotes

Tom Lawrence: Goldie, you'd better keep Mrs. Peabody company.
Goldie Locke: Thanks boss, that's mighty white of you.
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Connections

Followed by Search for Danger (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

How Do You Fall In Love
(uncredited)
Written by Mort Greene and Harry Revel
Sung by Jane Greer
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The Falcon Meets Jane Greer
29 December 2007 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is the twelfth Falcon film. It has exciting appearances in it of Jane Greer, aged 22 but looking and behaving 32, and Elisha Cook, Junior. This is apparently the only film in which Jane Greer plays a singer, and she sings very well. Her song is absolutely extraordinary in that the lyrics feature planned silences and hesitating phrases which drop out of the rhythm, and frankly I have never heard a song pull off such tricks successfully, and the film is worth seeing for the song, not because the melody is any good, but because the song is musically unique as far as I know and would repay close study and analysis by any serious song writer. Elisha Cook gets to do more acting than usual in this film, and he is even scarier than usual, and completely convincing, as always. Jane Greer did not become a noted noir player until the following year, and was still obscure at this stage. Jean Brooks is in this one, but gets very little screen time and her presence is frankly wasted. I guess because she was part of the team, they were inventing a pretext for her to have a fee. We get to see her in a revealing gown with exposed back, which menacing ice maidens don't normally show, but that's about all. Rita Corday is in this one too, and she gets a big part and shines. Vince Barnett is much less annoying as Goldie the sidekick than the atrocious Edward Brophy in the preceding film, though he still gets on one's nerves. The film was well directed by Ray McCarey, who died only two years later at the age of only 44. Believe it or not, I actually knew the man who wrote the story for this film, whose name was Manny Seff. He was a very delightful and amusing guy, a great conversationalist, story teller, and joke cracker, who was getting old when I was very young, and it adds dimension to an old movie when you can say: 'There's Manny Seff's name as the writer!' He is exactly the kind of fellow I had always imagined writing these stories, and there suddenly his name appeared on the screen to prove it. I can't say it was a total surprise, it just seemed so appropriate. Judging from what I know of him, and guess about the others, these people must all have had a lot of fun making these films, which is probably one reason why they are so entertaining.


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