The Falcon Movies on DVD
Hired by an insurance firm to locate two stolen paintings, the Falcon (John Calvert) finds the trail leading him across the country and eventually to Italy, where he may have to keep a fatal appointment. With Catherine Craig, Jack Reitzen, and Lyle Talbot. 65 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
John Calvert took over the role of the Falcon in the series' final three installments. In this first whodunit, the suave sleuth must find the true killer of a racetrack operator in order to free an innocent man accused of the crime. Rochelle Hudson, Roscoe Karns, and Lyle Talbot co-star. 61 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The first seven RKO programmers featuring Michael Arlen's gentleman detective are collected on three discs. "The Gay Falcon" (1941) introduces George Sanders as Gay Lawrence, who tackles an insurance scam by jewel thieves and their supposed victims. Next, the saboteurs who kidnapped the scientist behind a synthetic diamond-making process have "A Date With The Falcon" (1941). Lawrence comes to the aid of a wrestler on the hunt for his ex-girlfriend in the first screen rendition of "Farewell, My Lovely," "The Falcon Takes Over" (1942). Audiences were introduced to "The Falcon's Brother" (1942) when Gay's brother Tom (Sanders' real-life sib Tom Conway) joins him on a fateful South American mission. Conway inherited the mantle in "The Falcon Strikes Back" (1943), as Tom Lawrence is framed for a banker's murder by war bond racketeers. When two businessmen and their $100,000 vanish during an airplane flight, Tom gets on the case in "The Falcon In Danger" (1943). Lastly, Lawrence has to deal with a professor's murder in "The Falcon And The Co-Eds" (1943). 9 1/4 hrs. total on three discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Tom Conway's remaining adventures as sleuth Tom Lawrence are collected on two discs. When a Texas playboy is murdered in Manhattan, Lawrence traces the trail back to the Lone Star State in "The Falcon Out West" (1944). When new works by a supposedly dead artist surface, Lawrence goes to Mexico City to investigate in "The Falcon In Mexico" (1944). Lawrence travels to Tinseltown when a cuckolded actor turns up slain in a back lot in "The Falcon In Hollywood" (1944). Lawrence keeps silk smugglers at bay, in the City by the Bay, in "The Falcon In San Francisco" (1945). "The Falcon's Alibi" (1946) better hold up, when the jewelry he's been hired to safeguard disappears. Lastly, Lawrence squares off with murderous thugs after a diamond-synthesizing system in "The Falcon's Adventure" (1946). 6 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.