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The Falcon's Brother (1942)

Tom Lawrence, Gay's brother, takes over for his injured sibling in a case which involves Nazi espionage and political assassination.

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Stanley Logan

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Stuart Palmer (original screenplay), Craig Rice (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Gay Lawrence
Tom Conway ... Tom Lawrence
Jane Randolph ... Marcia Brooks
Don Barclay ... Lefty
Cliff Clark ... Inspector Timothy Donovan
Edward Gargan ... Detective Bates
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... Detective Grimes
Charlotte Wynters ... Arlette
James Newill ... Paul Harrington
Keye Luke ... Jerry - Gay's Houseboy
Amanda Varela Amanda Varela ... Carmela
George J. Lewis ... Valdez (as George Lewis)
Gwili Andre ... Diane Medford
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Storyline

Gay Lawrence, amateur detective known as The Falcon, learns that his brother Tom has been reported murdered on a ship arriving from South America. Gay pursues the murderers, despite the fact that he knows his brother is still alive. When he is disabled, his brother Tom takes over the case, investigating a fashion magazine involved in secret activities with German infiltrators. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

6 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hermano del halcón See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the fashion show it is mentioned that the garments conform to government wartime regulations. The U.S. War Production Board had just issued Limitation Order L-85 that restricted the amount of textiles used in women's clothing. Pleats, ruffles, patch pockets, attached hoods and shawls, and full-length sleeves were prohibited. Hems and belts could be no wider than two inches. There were exemptions for bridal and maternity wear and for religious vestments. See more »

Goofs

Cliff Clark's police car's front windshield inexplicably has no glass on the driver's side. See more »

Quotes

Tom LawrenceMarcia Brooks: Well, small world, isn't it?
Marcia Brooks: Yeah, and there are some very small people in it!
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Switching falcons
5 July 2007 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is the fourth of the Falcon films, in which both George Sanders and his real life brother Tom Conway appear. It was the occasion for the handover of the role. Sanders and Conway have many scenes together, and vie to out-do each other in suaveness and urbanity, and it is a tie. Then Sanders is knocked unconscious and spends much of the film in bed, which he doubtless found restful. At the end, Sanders sacrifices his life in the struggle against Nazism (it is after all 1942 and the plot deals with German agents) and presto, Tom Conway is and for the remaining series of films will be the Falcon. This film has a higher budget than the preceding ones (there is even a ship), the plot is complicated, it is all more solid and convincing. In fact, it is a very entertaining tale. Keye Luke has now become the falcon's butler, adding his own charm and wit to the team, and doing amusing impersonations of pidgin English (he was Chinese) when he wants to put off 'dames' who phone too often. The falcon's sidekick is now played by Don Barclay, which like the addition of Keye Luke is a great improvement. This film was edited by Mark Robson, later to be a famous director, and the improved editing shows. However, because the screenwriters have changed, all the great gags and one-liners have disappeared, there is no more crackling dialogue, and the Falcon series is no longer a laugh a minute.


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