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Devil's Cargo (1948)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery | 1 April 1948 (USA)
Poverty-row continuation of The Falcon series; mundane murder mystery showcasing Calvert's magic act skills.


John F. Link Sr. (as John F. Link)


Don Martin (screenplay), Jason James (original story) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Calvert John Calvert ... Michael 'The Falcon' Watling
Rochelle Hudson ... Margo Delgado
Roscoe Karns ... Lt. Hardy
Lyle Talbot ... Johnny Morello
Theodore von Eltz ... Thomas Mallon
Michael Mark Michael Mark ... Salvation Army Captain
Tom Kennedy ... Naga
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Ramon Delgado
Paul Regan Paul Regan ... Bernie Horton
Eula Guy Eula Guy ... Mrs. Murphy
Christine Larson ... Nurse
Walter Soderling ... Coroner
John Bagni John Bagni ... Ofiicer Bob
Jack Conrad Jack Conrad ... Sam the Locksmith
Peggy Wynne Peggy Wynne ... Nurse


Conroy, A playboy, is found shot to death in his penthouse and a ne'er-do-well named Ramon Delgado (Paul Marion)tells the Falcon, Michale Watling (, John Calvert), that he committed the murder and asks the Falcon to keep a key for him until after his has been acquitted. He says he feels certain of an acquittal when the police learn that the motive for the killing was Conroy's attention to Delgado's wife, Margot (Rochelle Hudson). Tom Mallon (Theodore von Eltz)enters the case as Delgado's attorney, and after Delgado is found poisoned in his jail cell, the Falsob suspects Fallon of killing his own client. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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English | French

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1 April 1948 (USA) See more »

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The Unwritten Law See more »

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The 14th of 16 entries in "The Falcon" series, but the first to star John Calvert in the lead role. See more »


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

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Amusing But Inconsequential Continuation Of A Series
20 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A man called 'Lucky' is murdered, proving that nicknames are often misleading. Paul Marion visits John Calvert, who's playing the Falcon in this flick, gives him $500 and a key to give to his lawyer if he's not found not guilty of murdering Lucky, before he turns himself in for killing him. Complications ensue.

It starts out looking like a 1930s movie, with performers like Rochelle Hudson, Tom Kennedy, Lyle Talbot, Theodore von Eltz and Roscoe Karns in the supporting cast. Calvert plays the Falcon with a pencil-thin mustache, a Ronald Colman imitation that comes and goes, and sleight of hand magic tricks. He entered the movies as a magician, doing hand doubles for actors like Gable, and here was his shot at a lead, albeit in an independent movie.

The script is a pretty good one, but Calvert demonstrates that it takes more than a pencil-thin mustache to be a movie star. He made two more Falcon movies within a year, then a couple more supporting roles. By 1956, he was gone from the movies, back to being a stage magician.

If Calvert's career in the movies didn't last, Calvert himself did. He died in 2013 at the age of 102.

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