3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2012
This is another gem from the RKO stable of B movie detectives from the 1940s. The Falcon is The Saint on the cheap, as the characterisations are similar, as are the plot lines, there is a side-kick and the police are grudgingly admiring of The Falcon. Another giveaway is that George Sanders played both roles initially. I refer to it as being on the cheap because the author/creator of The Falcon was happy to accept less money than Charteris was for The Saint. This is one of the best; and Tom Conway is certainly at his best in this one. One of the things I like about this movie is that it takes us behind the scenes (so to speak) of Hollywood movie making in the 1940s. It gives an invaluable insight into what once was. The plot is pretty standard hokum; but it did what the other films in the series did - entertain the public in the dark days of World War II. When this one came out I snapped it up straight away. Th others are pretty much out now so I'll be buying them as well. They are great for a Sunday afternoon, or late at night viewing. When it arrived I had a late night matinee of this, a Saint film and finished with Mr. Moto. Pure bliss.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2012
This is great stuff, maybe Tom Conway's best adventure as The Falcon, where he must solve a murder on a Hollywood film backlot. Conway is ably supported by the brilliant Veda Ann Borg as a wise-cracking taxi driver who provides some real chemistry (Probably Conway's best ever side-kick/partner).
The action is well paced and directed by the excellent Gordon Douglas (Them!)...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The tenth film in the Falcon series is also the weakest, seeing Tom Conway's amateur sleuth involved in a trail of murders on a troubled independent production's shoot after following a gangster's girlfriend (Barbara Hale) onto the lot after she picks up the wrong handbag. It's a surprisingly tired affair that literally barely leaves the studio backlot, throwing in a lot of the never-believable-in-the-first-place clichés like the Falcon mistaking a movie fight for the real thing (just to add to the lack of credibility, the film crew is hidden on the other side of a closed door to the fight to film it). Veda Ann Borg's initially sassy but increasingly irritating taxi driver-cum-stunt driver is along for the ride while Sheldon Leonard lurks on the sidelines as a gangster with a grudge against the Falcon and John Abbott's disaster-plagued producer mournfully recites Shakespeare as each new catastrophe strikes, but they can't bring much life to proceedings. Even the great Nicholas Musuraca's photography doesn't show much inspiration or atmosphere until a brief final shootout. The motive for the murder is a good one, however, and would be used in a certain notorious comedy a couple of decades later, but this is one entry in the series that feels like cheap and uninspired filler. Two-and-a-half stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2012
By courtesy of Odeon Entertainment, fans of this lively RKO series can now own an excellent collection of all the Falcon films. Quality of sound and picture is generally very good with original titles ( not TV prints ) and, with just one exception ( ...in Hollywood ), all have original end titles. All runtimes correct. Nicely packaged with interesting trivia booklet inserts and original poster art reproduced on inner box cover. Highly recommended. This review is restricted to covering the 10 Tom Conway entries.