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4.0 out of 5 stars "It's too bad. You're too nice and undependable to be taken out of circulation. It's a crime." "Yes, but I can't solve it.", 21 Aug. 2012
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Date With The Falcon [DVD] (DVD)
After its lacklustre start, the Falcon series really delivers with this second outing, which is a huge improvement on the first and a date well worth keeping. The plot's fairly standard issue, with James Gleason's exasperated cop and Mona Maris' crook both trying to involve or eliminate George Sanders' playboy criminologist in a mystery involving the kidnapping of the inventor of a cheap means of fabricating perfect diamonds, but the delivery is much smoother and the film is a perfect example of a perfectly polished programmer, the kind of film that might have been made in a factory by wage slaves but still feels lovingly hand crafted. The Falcon has a new frustrated fiancé (Wendy Barrie, returning in her role in the first film with considerably less charm and much pomposity having usurped predecessor Nina Vale), but Sanders still plays the role like a cross between a smooth wolf and a little boy who's been caught with his hands in the cookie jar and doesn't think it's fair that he'll have to go to bed early, but he has a delightfully playful way with attempted bribes like "Would $50,000 do any good?" "Save it for your lawyers" or exchanges like "Awfully sorry we won't be meeting again." "That's one nice thing about my murder" that would be hardboiled clichés with many another leading man.

Once again sidekick Allen Jenkins provides da noivus comic relief as sidekick Goldie Locke while the cops trip over their own feet, but this time the comic setpieces really work, particularly a great scene where Sanders mugs his way out of being taken for a ride, a terrific supporting turn from Hans Conried as a breezy gum-chewing hotel clerk and a hiding on the window ledge scene that goes hilariously wrong. The dialogue is fun too and even if there are no surprises it's all put together so enjoyably you won't mind a bit. Great fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars George Sanders - Always a delight., 28 Aug. 2012
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George Sanders is always a man with the charm to give pleasurable entertainment. Whether the 'Saint', or the 'Falcon' he moves with the sophistication we expect. This follows on from the 'Gay Falcon',featuring Helen Rees,(Wendie Barrie) as the Falcon's bride to be shortly to be stunned by the revelation that her fiance is accused of murder. Falcon's past has caught up with him. A mysterious and colourful girl has appeared on the scene on the eve of his wedding. Falcon moves into overdrive. No messing with mobsters after him. His connections with a kidnapped scientist who can manufacture diamonds that defy examination doesn't put him off a jot. Dead bodies inevitably are found. Sanders is the invincible hero. He takes them on with his life at stake. Nothing less than expected. The outcome is for the viewer. Good support from stalwarts Wendie Barrie and Allen Jenkins as Goldie. 63 minutes of sheer no-nonsense entertainment. Not a bootleg. Sound and picture are period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sanders Super Smooth, 20 Jun. 2014
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George Sanders played the Saint before he became the Falcon ,both were played as a smooth devil may care crime buster in these low budget but very enjoyable films from the forties . I personally find both series of films on par with each other although you do get the wonderful James Gleason and Allen Jenkins in a couple of Falcon films this one included .Sanders is super cool during the whole series ,Enjoy.
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