EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|THE FALCON'S ALIBI (director: Ray McCarey; screenwriters: Paul Yawitz/story by Dane Lussier & Manny Seff; cinematographer: Frank Redman; editor: Philip Martin Jr.; music: C. Bakaleinikoff; cast: Tom Conway(Tom Lawrence/The Falcon), Elisha Cook Jr. (Nick), Esther Howard (Mrs. Gloria Peabody), Vince Barnett (Goldie Lock), Rita Corday (Joan Meredith), Emory Parnell (Metcalf), Jason Robards (Harvey Beaumont), Jane Greer (Lola Carpenter), Paul Brooks (Alex Olmstead), Morgan Wallace (Bender), Alphonse Martel (Louie, waiter), Al Bridge (Inspector Blake), Edmund Cobb (Detective Williams); Runtime: 63; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: William Berke; RKO; 1946)|
in the routine 12th entry in the Falcon series is
enhanced by the appearance of Elisha
by Dennis Schwartz
A lax remake of 1941's The
Gay Falcon. Enjoyment in the routine 12th
entry in the Falcon series is enhanced by the
appearance of Elisha Cook Jr., as he
goes through a variety of his creepy nervous antic
routines. Also by the appearance of a fine actress
from noir films, Jane Greer. Director Ray
McCarey ("Atlantic City"/"Scram!"/"Pack Up
Your Troubles") keeps it fast paced. Writer Paul
Yawitz bases his screenplay on the story by Dane
Lussier & Manny Seff.
debonair amateur sleuth, Tom Lawrence (Tom Conway),
known as the Falcon, is vacationing in San Francisco
at the racetrack with his loveable slang-speaking
Brooklyn-raised sidekick Goldie Lock (Vince
Barnett), when the attractive Joan Meredith (Rita
Corday), a rattled personal secretary
to the wealthy Mrs. Peabody (Esther Howard), asks for the Falcon's
help. Joan fears she will be blamed for the missing $100,000 pearls she had taken for
her employer to a jeweler, only to find them called
fake, and asks the Falcon to find the real pearls.
While the Falcon
investigates he must deal with the following
characters: the dumb insurance investigator Metcalf (Emory
suspects Joan of being involved in a number of jewel
thefts in the hotel, especially after his company
recently paid Mrs. Peabody a large settlement for some
stolen jewels; the nervous radio DJ operating at the
top of the hotel, Nick (Elisha Cook Jr.), a sneaky character who
would do anything to keep his secret wife from
leaving; Nick's unfaithful, ambitious and pretty hotel
club singer wife Lola (Jane Greer) who no one knows is
married to him and plans to run away with her manager
Alex (Paul Brooks); the deaths of hotel
waiter Louie (Alphonse Martel) and of Harvey Beaumont (Jason
Robards), a close friend of Peabody's, who hid the
real pearls in a dummy philosophy book stored in his
hotel room; and interference from the clueless police
inspector Blake (Al Bridge) and his oafish underling
Williams (Edmund Cobb).
There's nothing special about the story, but it's telling is well-executed and a few of the more talented supporting actors give it a colorful favoring.
REVIEWED ON 7/14/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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