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The Falcon Strikes Back(1943)

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The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)

Being framed for murder and war bond theft would be enough to prompt anybody to strike back. When it's suave detective Tom Lawrence (Tom Conway), in his first solo outing after taking over for his brother Gay (played by Conway's real brother, George Sanders in five earlier films), it's a recipe for fast-paced thrills and comedy. This time out, Conway is awakened in the middle of the night by a cry for help from a beautiful blonde (Rita Corday). It's all part of a frame-up, as helping her gets him knocked out and placed in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now, Conway has to track the real crooks to a suspicious resort (run by Harriet Hilliard, the future Harriet Nelson) while keeping one step ahead of his old police contact, Inspector Donovan (Cliff Clark). If this film is a bit more stylish than most in the series, thank director Edward Dmytryk, a year before he hit the big time with the influential film noir Murder, My Sweet (1944). As usual, Conway has to deal with a bevy of beautiful women, including Hilliard, Corday, Jane Randolph as his reporter girlfriend and Wynne Gibson as the shady head of a knitting circle. Fans loved the film to the tune of over $120,000 in profits.

By Frank Miller

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