The Falcon's Adventure (1946)

61-62 mins | Drama | 13 December 1946

Director:

William Berke

Writer:

Aubrey Wisberg

Producer:

Herman Schlom

Cinematographers:

Frank Redman, Harry Wild

Editor:

Marvin Coil

Production Designers:

Albert D'Agostino, Walter E. Keller

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The Falcon's Adventure was the last film in RKO's "Falcon" series. For more information on the series, See Entry for The Gay Falcon and consult the Series ... More Less

The Falcon's Adventure was the last film in RKO's "Falcon" series. For more information on the series, See Entry for The Gay Falcon and consult the Series Index. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
28 Dec 1946.
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Daily Variety
10 Dec 46
p. 3, 20
Film Daily
12 Dec 46
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Dec 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
7 Dec 46
p. 3348.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Dec 46
p. 3363.
New York Times
14 Dec 46
p. 19.
Variety
11 Dec 46
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on a character created by Michael Arlen.
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
13 December 1946
Production Date:
9 April--late April 1946
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 January 1947
Copyright Number:
LP891
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61-62
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
11627
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Just after New York private investigator Tom Lawrence, known as "The Falcon," agrees to take a "no dames" fishing vacation in the Adirondacks with his sidekick, Goldie Lock, he spies a beautiful woman in distress. The woman, Brazilian Luisa Braganza, is being kidnapped in a stolen taxi cab and gestures to Tom, who is driving with Goldie, for help. Although Goldie insists that they ignore the plea, the woman-crazy Tom pursues the cab. Tom rescues Luisa from her kidnapper, who flees just as the police arrive, and accompanies her to her hotel. There Tom learns that Luisa was targeted because her uncle Enrico has perfected a formula for manufacturing industrial diamonds and is therefore wanted by various diamond syndicates. Enrico tells Tom that he and Luisa are going to Miami in order to meet with Professor J. D. Denison, a friend from Brazil, who is arranging financial backing for Enrico's formula. Immediately after Tom and Luisa leave, Mike Geary, the man who kidnapped Luisa, sneaks into Enrico's hotel room and shoots him. Tom's unexpected return forces Geary to leave prematurely, but Enrico dies after muttering to the police that Tom was involved. Tom is arrested by the police, but escapes with Goldie's help. Convinced of Tom's honesty, Luisa entrusts him with the formula and arranges to meet him in Miami. While on the train to Miami, Tom and Goldie save fellow passenger Doris Blanding from Benny, an apparent masher, and agree to switch compartments with her that night. Doris and Benny, however, drop gas pellets into Tom's new compartment and search for the formula while he is drugged. After Doris steals ... +


Just after New York private investigator Tom Lawrence, known as "The Falcon," agrees to take a "no dames" fishing vacation in the Adirondacks with his sidekick, Goldie Lock, he spies a beautiful woman in distress. The woman, Brazilian Luisa Braganza, is being kidnapped in a stolen taxi cab and gestures to Tom, who is driving with Goldie, for help. Although Goldie insists that they ignore the plea, the woman-crazy Tom pursues the cab. Tom rescues Luisa from her kidnapper, who flees just as the police arrive, and accompanies her to her hotel. There Tom learns that Luisa was targeted because her uncle Enrico has perfected a formula for manufacturing industrial diamonds and is therefore wanted by various diamond syndicates. Enrico tells Tom that he and Luisa are going to Miami in order to meet with Professor J. D. Denison, a friend from Brazil, who is arranging financial backing for Enrico's formula. Immediately after Tom and Luisa leave, Mike Geary, the man who kidnapped Luisa, sneaks into Enrico's hotel room and shoots him. Tom's unexpected return forces Geary to leave prematurely, but Enrico dies after muttering to the police that Tom was involved. Tom is arrested by the police, but escapes with Goldie's help. Convinced of Tom's honesty, Luisa entrusts him with the formula and arranges to meet him in Miami. While on the train to Miami, Tom and Goldie save fellow passenger Doris Blanding from Benny, an apparent masher, and agree to switch compartments with her that night. Doris and Benny, however, drop gas pellets into Tom's new compartment and search for the formula while he is drugged. After Doris steals what she believes is the formula, Tom reveals to Goldie that he planted a phony copy of the formula under his pillow. Once in Miami, Tom and Goldie go to Denison's address and see Helen Ray, Luisa's maid, walking nearby with a man. Suspicious, Tom orders Goldie to follow the couple, and Goldie ends up at a dog track. Later, Tom meets with the sickly Denison and quickly deduces that the old man is being harassed by Benny and Geary. A fight ensues, and Denison dies of a heart attack. Once again, Tom is accused of murder by the police, but once again, he avoids capture. The wanted Tom then confronts Helen and her husband Paolo, and learns that they are pursuing the formula in order to pay back some gambling debts. After Tom offers Helen and Paolo money to disappear, Luisa is approached by Kenneth Sutton, Denison's wealthy friend, who claims to be interested in backing the formula. Although Tom cautions Luisa not to give Sutton the formula, Luisa agrees to return to Brazil on his yacht and sell him the formula. Later, after escaping from Geary, Tom makes Goldie don an alligator head to scare Doris and Benny into revealing that Sutton, their boss, is the head of an industrial diamond conglomerate who wants to destroy the formula. Moments before Sutton's yacht is to sail, Tom and Goldie rescue Luisa from Sutton and hand him over to the police. Now cleared of all suspicion, Tom requests a kiss from Luisa, while the hapless Goldie falls overboard. +

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