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|THE FALCON OUT WEST (director: William Clemens; screenwriter: Bill Jones/Martin Grant/based on character created by Michael Arlen; cinematographer: Harry Wild; editor: Gene Milford; music: Roy Webb; cast: Lyle Talbot (Tex Irwin), Tom Conway (Tom Lawrence/"The Falcon"), Carole Gallagher (Vanessa Drake), Barbara Hale (Marion Colby), Joan Barclay (Mrs. Irwin), Cliff Clark (Inspector Timothy Donovan), Ed Gargan (Detective Bates), Don Douglas (Stephen Hayden), Minor Watson (Dave Colby), Lee Trent (Dusty), Perc Launders (Red), Wheaton Chambers (Sheriff), Chief Thunderbird (Eagle Feather), Joe Cody (Toni); Runtime: 64; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Maurice Geraghty; RKO; 1944)|
change of pace Falcon serial, as the action
moves from Manhattan to a Texas ranch."
by Dennis Schwartz
Clemens ("The Case of the Velvet Claws"/"Nancy
Drew-Detective"/"Devil's Island") directs this
refreshing change of pace Falcon serial, as the action
moves from Manhattan to a Texas ranch. Suave eastern
society sleuth, the Falcon (Tom Conway), ventures out
West to a ranch to solve the case of the millionaire
Texas cowboy, Tex Irwin (Lyle Talbot),
killed by a rattlesnake at a Manhattan nightclub. The
B-film programmer is neatly penned by Bill
Jones and Martin Grant.
Texas ranch of the deceased vic, the Falcon is
accompanied by Vanessa
Drake (Carole Gallagher), the gold digging showgal
would-be bride, who Tex signed over the deed to the
ranch as a wedding gift; Stephen Hayden (Don
lawyer; Mrs. Irwin (Joan Barclay), Tex's ex-wife who is
suspicious of the new bride; NYC Inspector Timothy Donovan (Cliff
Clark) and his
aide Bates (Ed Gargan). Also at the ranch, the Falcon
meets Tex's visiting feuding business partner Dave
Colby (Minor Watson) and his attractive
daughter Marion (Barbara Hale). Colby's loyal ranch hand
Red (Perc Launders) and Tex's loyal ranch
hand Dusty (Lee Trent) soon make their presence.
The house servants at Tex's spread are all Indians.
After several attempts to
kill the Falcon at the ranch, the eastern dude figures
out the strange way Tex was killed by rattlesnake
venom in NYC and the baddies get into a shootout with
the Falcon and lose.
REVIEWED ON 6/17/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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