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5.0 out of 5 stars RKO's Falcon series gets a hand over...
This may not be the best entry in the entire long running Falcon series, but it's very notable for the handover between George Sanders and his real life brother, Tom Conway... Sanders made the first 4 Falcon's, Conway then went on to make a further 9 after sharing top billing in this one... The usual mix of intruige and atmosphere makes for perfect late night or rainy...
Published on 5 May 2011 by Robster

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3.0 out of 5 stars "He's almost as bad as his brother, only worse!"
Only four films in - or a mere 13 months with the fast turnover in contract system era Hollywood - and the old gang was already breaking up, with George Sanders departing from the series apparently out of boredom but keeping it in the family by handing it over to his real life brother Tom Conway as, appropriately enough, The Falcon's Brother. He doesn't hang around long,...
Published on 21 Aug 2012 by Trevor Willsmer


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3.0 out of 5 stars "He's almost as bad as his brother, only worse!", 21 Aug 2012
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Only four films in - or a mere 13 months with the fast turnover in contract system era Hollywood - and the old gang was already breaking up, with George Sanders departing from the series apparently out of boredom but keeping it in the family by handing it over to his real life brother Tom Conway as, appropriately enough, The Falcon's Brother. He doesn't hang around long, incapacitated in the second reel and only briefly in the remainder of the film, and Allen Jenkins doesn't even show up at all, replaced by a new sidekick character in the form of Don Barclay. The plot's very much a wartime flagwaver, with the apparent murder of one of the Lawrence siblings leading to a fashion house (complete with wartime rationing of materials) and a nest of Nazi spies who have even infiltrated the LAPD. Conway's more confidently urbane than his brother - he even makes an aside about teaching him everything he knows - and while the film occasionally has him playfully impersonating the bedridden Sanders he's not as much fun, though he does have confidence and charm to spare. Keye Luke, Charlie Chan's Number One Son, turns up as the Falcon's butler who puts on the pidgin English every time he wants to get rid of unwanted callers but there's notably less comedy this time round despite the odd line like "You wouldn't possibly be a reporter. You've got a notebook." A decent enough introduction to the new Falcon, and one with a genuinely surprising reason for passing on the baton, but not one of the better entries in the series.

As usual Odeon's transfer is nothing to write home about - not their worst, but taken from another TV dupe that is less than pin sharp.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RKO's Falcon series gets a hand over..., 5 May 2011
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This review is from: The Falcons Brother [DVD] (DVD)
This may not be the best entry in the entire long running Falcon series, but it's very notable for the handover between George Sanders and his real life brother, Tom Conway... Sanders made the first 4 Falcon's, Conway then went on to make a further 9 after sharing top billing in this one... The usual mix of intruige and atmosphere makes for perfect late night or rainy afternoon viewing...

Brilliant stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the transfer, 31 Mar 2012
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If you're contemplating buying this, then I presume you know what you're letting yourself in for: a good story, but very Americanised. As has been said, not the best Falcon film, but enjoyable nonetheless. My kick is with the transfer: I would've rated this two stars, except that might imply I didn't enjoy the film.

Two problems. First, the picture quality is far from sharp; in this day and age, it should be a piece of cake to do a decent digital transfer, but this is very poor. Second, at around forty-five minutes into the film, the picture starts jumping and this carries on for some two minutes. Rather takes the edge off of your enjoyment.

So, an OK for the film, but not for the transfer. I'm a bit hesitant about getting any more in the series. Then again, I got their release of Bogie's 'San Quentin' and that was alright, so perhaps I'll give another Falcon a go!
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