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|THE FALCON IN MEXICO (director: William Berke; screenwriters: George Worthing Yates/Gerald Geraghty; cinematographer: Frank Redman; editor: Joseph Noriega; music: C. Bakaleinikoff; cast: Tom Conway (The Falcon/Steve Lawrence), Nester Paiva (Manuel), Fernando Alvarado (Pancho), Bryant Washburn (Humphrey Wade), Cecilia Cellejo (Dolores Ybarra), Pedro De Cordoba (Don Carlos Ybarra), Emory Parnell (Winthrop "Lucky Diamond" Hughes), Mary Currier (Paula Dudley), Martha MacVicar (Barbara Wade), Mona Maris (Raquel), Joseph Vitale (Anton), Frank Mayo (Inspector O'Shea); Runtime: 70; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Maurice Geraghty; RKO; 1944)|
so-so Falcon crime drama trades in its usual
Manhattan location for Mexico."
by Dennis Schwartz
Berke ("Dick Tracy"/"Jungle Jim"/"Betrayal
From The East") directs in a workmanlike way the ninth
entry in the Falcon series. It's written by George
Worthing Yates and Gerald Geraghty, who
try for some comedy, to establish some local color and
tack onto a murder mystery a few weak musical numbers.
Hollywood lore tells us that the location footage was
borrowed from Orson Welles's documentary It's All
so-so Falcon crime drama trades in its usual Manhattan
location for Mexico, as it heads south of the border
when The Falcon (Tom Conway) stumbles upon the murder
of an art gallery owner while walking home at night.
In the gallery, a young lady named Dolores (Cecilia Cellejo) tells The
Falcon she came to retrieve a portrait she modeled for
recently for the supposedly long-dead
artist Humphrey Wade (Bryant Washburn). When the
cops arrive and attempt to arrest The Falcon for the
murder, Dolores splits undetected and later The Falcon
escapes from the cops after stealing the painting.
After locating the main Wade collector, Lucky "Diamond" Hughes
(Emory Parnell), in his apartment, The Falcon's told
by the collector to ask his neighbor Barbara
Wade (Martha MacVicar),
the daughter of Humphrey Wade, about the painting.
After The Falcon meets the daughter, he agrees to team
up with her to find out if her father might still be
alive and who is the killer. The two trek together to
Mexico, but once in Mexico Barbara shakes loose from
the Falcon. Meanwhile The Falcon stays at the same inn
her dad used when he was painting, and finds Barbara
is also there.
the inn, The Falcon runs into the hostile inn
proprietress Paula (Mary Currier), who secretly
loved the artist and is accused of forging his
paintings; the artist's former wife Raquel (Mona
Maris) and stepmother of Barbara, now
married to the dancer Anton (Joseph Vitale);
and, a local taxi tour guide named Manuel (Nester Paiva)
and his young son Pancho (Fernando
Alvarado), who insist on helping The
Falcon with his investigation despite his reluctance.
The more the investigation goes on, the more evidence
mounts that the artist might still be alive and had
faked his death. The Falcon begins to unravel the
mystery after Dolores's body is found by the fishermen
and Barbara is poisoned but lives. In the climax,
during a local festival celebration, the killer will
be revealed as The Falcon becomes the bait to draw out
the killer. Also the motive for the murders will
there's a lot taking place in this busy episode, the
suspense never builds and the story is way too tepid
to have much of an impact.
REVIEWED ON 6/1/2013 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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