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|THE FALCON IN SAN FRANCISCO (director: Joseph H. Lewis; screenwriters: Robert Kent/Ben Markson/from a story by Robert Kent/characters based on Michael Arlen; cinematographers: Virgil Miller/William Sickner; editor: Ernie Leadlay; music: Paul Sawtell; cast: Tom Conway (Tom Lawrence/The Falcon), Edward Brophy (Goldy Locke), Rita Corday (Joan Marshall), Sharyn Moffett (Annie Marshall), Fay Helm (Doreen Temple), Hermine Sterler (Carla Keyes), Robert Armstrong (DeForrest, also known as Duke Monette), Carl Kent (Rickey), George Holmes (Dalman), John Mylong (Peter Vantine), Eden Nicholas (shipping line clerk), Jason Robards Sr. (Loomis, the butler); Runtime: 66; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Maurice Geraghty; RKO; 1945)|
|"The story stinks like the
smells at Fisherman's Wharf, but the effortless
direction and acting make it an easy watch."
by Dennis Schwartz
H. Lewis ("Gun Crazy"/"A Lawless Street"/"A
Lady Without Passport") directs with an eye on comedy
the seventh in the Falcon series, his only Falcon
effort. Though the Robert Kent story is thin,
veteran B film director Lewis does a nice job keeping
things both lighthearted and suspenseful.
Manhattan sleuth Tom Lawrence aka The Falcon (Tom
Conway) and his dopey but loyal Brooklyn slang talking
Locke (Edward Brophy) are on vacation and are
going to San Francisco by train, with the Falcon
he can reduce his income taxes by getting married, when an uncaring
nurse (Hermine Sterler) caring for a Shirley
Temple-like cute little girl orphan, Annie Marshall (Sharyn
murdered and the Falcon is obligated to become her
nursemaid after the girl tells him she's treated as a
prisoner in her house by the late nurse and the butler
Accompanying Annie home to Nob Hill, the Falcon, on a
phone tip by a stranger (John Mylong) on the train, is
arrested for kidnapping the girl, but is bailed out of
jail by a mysterious woman (Fay Helm). This leads to
the Falcon interrupting his vacation to investigate a
steamship, owned by Annie's grown-up sister Joan (Rita
Corday), called the S.S. Citadel, and of an
ex-bootlegger named Duke Monette (Robert
used to own the steamship line. The Falcon eventually
tracks down a bunch of silk smugglers who are holding
the wealthy heiress ship owning sisters as prisoners in their
mansion. When the bickering gang betray each other,
the Falcon leads the innocent sisters to safety from
the exploding liner.
The story stinks like the smells at Fisherman's Wharf, but the effortless direction and acting make it an easy watch.
REVIEWED ON 7/6/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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