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The Falcon in San Francisco [DVD]
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First UK DVD release of this 1945 crime from RKO Pictures. A further installment to the bestselling Falcon series. Debonair detective Tom 'The Falcon' Lawrence (Tom Conway) is back in another instalment of the brilliant series - and this time, he's facing one of his most challenging cases. Heading out to San Francisco by train, Tom and his sidekick 'Goldie' Lock befriend a little girl called Amber Marshall. When the kid's nurse is murdered, Tom finds himself drawn into a web of danger - there's kidnapping, killing and a network of illegal silk smugglers. The Falcon plunges into action and brings things to an explosive climax!
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Here, The Falcon and Goldie get mixed up in a kidnapping case and things end up in 'explosive' fashion... Great fun.
Unfortunately, no Ed Gargan (Detective Bates) or Cliff Clark (Inspector Donovon) in this one but it does feature Rita Corday (4th of 5 Falcon appearances - all different characters), Hollywood has-been Robert Armstrong and the aforementioned Edward Brophy as the hilarious Goldie Locke. Directed by cult auteur Joseph H Lewis (Gun Crazy, The Big Combo), The Falcon in San Francisco is one of the best in the series as this one has many elements of film noir - the labyrinthine plot, the capable, dangerous and domineering femme fatale character Doreen Temple (Faye Helm, a cross between Hillary Brooke and Gayle Sondergaard), the double crosses, the multiple deaths etc. The violent scene where The Falcon is drugged and beaten up is pure film noir. Despite it being the 11th of 13, the series shows no sign of letting up and still displays ample quality especially the droll script by Robert Kent and Ben Markson. After a couple of average entries - The Falcon Out West, The Falcon In Mexico - this one has the series back on (the Union Pacific) track.
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Outrageous that these are put out individually - asking 8 quid a time - for only an hours viewing. Not good enough.Published on 14 Aug. 2012 by Jason