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The Falcon Strikes Back [DVD] [1943]


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  • Actors: Tom Conway, Harriet Hiliard, Jane Randolph
  • Directors: Edward Dmytryk
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2012
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007OY13RO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,807 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When the Falcon (Tom Conway) is expertly framed for the murder of a bank messenger and the theft of a fortune in War Bonds, there's only one thing to do - get out of town fast! Tracking the real crooks to a mountain resort hotel, The Falcon and his trusty sidekick Goldie (Cliff Edwards) find themselves suddenly surrounded by suspicious characters. The Falcon sets out to investigate a mysterious German refugee (Andre Charlot) and a hotel manageress (Harriet Hilliard) with a shady past, - while Goldie finds himself promoted to house detective and picks a fight with the hot-tempered puppeteer (Edgar Kennedy) performing at the hotel! As the Falcon's investigations continue, something very strange happens. Someone starts killing the criminals...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robster on 23 April 2012
Format: DVD
Excellent entry here with Tom Conway taking the reigns and going solo as The Falcon for the first time. There's plenty of intruigue, the hotel setting works brilliantly and the tracking shot with Conway questioning a woman while walking along the side of a swimming pool is just superb, look out for it...

Great family viewing or rainy afternoon entertainment...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
Tom Conway's first solo flight in the role after briefly being paired up with his brother, The Falcon Strikes Back plays safe by sticking to the formula of the earlier George Sanders films: the Falcon's latest jealous fiancé will discover him with another woman who involves him in a mystery that will see the police suspect him of murder (will they never learn?), he'll send aforementioned fiancé off on a fool's errand to get her out of harm's way only for her to return with a vital clue that will help crack the case in time for him to swear off all other women before another damsel in distress enters stage left to test his resolve just in time for the end credits. But if it worked the last four times, why change now?

This time the fiancé is Jane Randolph's reporter, who is less pleasantly surprised than the new Falcon is when he's aroused from his hangover by a damsel in distress breaking into his bedroom. Unfortunately for him she's setting him up for a War Bonds heist, leading him and sidekick Goldie Locke (now in the form of Cliff Edwards, the voice of Jiminy Cricket) to follow a clue to a resort hotel where ex-cons, wheelchair-bound refugees and parsimonious puppeteers (Edgar Kennedy) are thrown into the mix as the bodies start piling up as he suddenly finds himself suspected of two sets of crimes committed by two different perpetrators. Along the way Richard Loo impersonates a rich Chinese businessman to flush out a suspect (leading to the immortal lime "Give Mr. Wong a bong and bring him along"), two passing tramps wax lyrical on the tyranny of possessions and a Goofy puppet makes a brief appearance (at the time RKO still distributed all of Disney's films).
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For those unaware of Michael Arlen's creation, The Falcon describes himself thus, 'I'm a man who has done many things, a soldier, a gambler, a war correspondent, I have no rheumatism, no patience and no money ... for further information apply to the police'. Asked how he earns a living he replies, 'by engaging in dangerous enterprises.'
Waking with a hangover, The Falcon is ambushed by an attractive, emigre brunette Mia Bruger (Rita Corday) wanting to find her missing brother. Although 'he's give up dames', he unsurprisingly agrees to aid her. Knocked out and framed for the theft of $250,000 in war bonds, he is arrested by suspicious series regular, Inspector Donovan (Cliff Clark) and his dimwitted sidekick Detective Bates (Edward Gargan) who 'always wondered where your money came from'. After escaping the cops, The Falcon decamps to a hotel with Goldie Locke (Cliff Edwards) where he seeks to prove his innocence, catch the killer (amongst the many red herrings) and recover the bonds.
No. 5 (of 13), the Falcon Strikes Back is another solid, thoroughly enjoyable, wryly amusing entry in the long running series of RKO films. Directed by future member of the Hollywood 10 Edward Dmytryk, the cast is rounded out by Richard Loo as The Falcon's manservant, Jane Randolph as a feisty reporter, Edgar Kennedy as a deranged puppeteer and Jean Brooks as a damsel in distress.
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