The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943)

67-68 mins | Drama | 1943

Director:

William Clemens

Producer:

Maurice Geraghty

Cinematographer:

J. Roy Hunt

Editor:

Theron Warth

Production Designer:

Albert D'Agostino

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

This film marked the screen debut of Dorothy Maloney, who later changed her name to Dorothy Malone. For additional information about the Falcon series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Gay Falcon. ...

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This film marked the screen debut of Dorothy Maloney, who later changed her name to Dorothy Malone. For additional information about the Falcon series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Gay Falcon.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
13 Nov 1943
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Daily Variety
5 Nov 1943
p. 3
Film Daily
10 Nov 1943
p. 43
Hollywood Reporter
18 Aug 1943
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 1943
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
10 Sep 1943
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 1943
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald
6 Nov 1943
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Oct 1943
p. 1599
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Nov 1943
p. 1615
Variety
10 Nov 1943
p. 35
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Roy Hunt
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
C. Bakaleinikoff
Mus dir
SOUND
Phillip Brigandi
Rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on a character created by Michael Arlen.
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be?" traditional; "Back in Brooklyn," composer undetermined.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
1943
Production Date:
17 Aug--mid Sep 1943
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
11 November 1943
LP12450
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67-68
Length(in feet):
6,116
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
9587
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Tom Lawrence, the debonair sleuth known as "The Falcon," becomes entangled in an investigation when Jane Harris, a student at the Blue Cliff Seminary for Girls, asks for his help, claiming that recently deceased Professor Jamison did not die of natural causes, as stated on his death certificate, but was murdered. After Jane informs Tom that her roommate, Marguerita Serena, had foretold Jamison's death, she steals Tom's car, forcing him to follow her to Blue Cliff. At the seminary, Tom meets the school's furtive psychology teacher, Anatole Graelich, and the dean, Miss Keyes. Tom tells them that he is an insurance investigator looking into the death of Professor Jamison and inquires about Marguerita's prediction. As Tom questions Miss Keyes, a phone call comes from the dead professor's room, and they go to investigate. At the professor's cottage, Tom and Miss Keyes find Mary Phoebus, the school's music teacher, who maintains that she has come to look for the professor's poems. After Tom confiscates the verses, he tracks Jane and his car to the school's rehearsal hall, where he meets drama teacher Vicky Gaines. During the rehearsal, Tom watches as Marguerita refuses to use the prop foil, claiming that it will cause another death. Backstage, Tom overhears Vicky and Graelich whispering, and follows Vicky to town, where she visits undertaker Eustace Herley. When Tom finds sleeping pills in Herley's lab, the undertaker admits the Jamison committed suicide by taking an overdose. Tom then offers Vicky a ride back to school, and during their drive, he shows her a poem that Jamison dedicated to "V. G.," causing her to confess to feeling guilty about his ...

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Tom Lawrence, the debonair sleuth known as "The Falcon," becomes entangled in an investigation when Jane Harris, a student at the Blue Cliff Seminary for Girls, asks for his help, claiming that recently deceased Professor Jamison did not die of natural causes, as stated on his death certificate, but was murdered. After Jane informs Tom that her roommate, Marguerita Serena, had foretold Jamison's death, she steals Tom's car, forcing him to follow her to Blue Cliff. At the seminary, Tom meets the school's furtive psychology teacher, Anatole Graelich, and the dean, Miss Keyes. Tom tells them that he is an insurance investigator looking into the death of Professor Jamison and inquires about Marguerita's prediction. As Tom questions Miss Keyes, a phone call comes from the dead professor's room, and they go to investigate. At the professor's cottage, Tom and Miss Keyes find Mary Phoebus, the school's music teacher, who maintains that she has come to look for the professor's poems. After Tom confiscates the verses, he tracks Jane and his car to the school's rehearsal hall, where he meets drama teacher Vicky Gaines. During the rehearsal, Tom watches as Marguerita refuses to use the prop foil, claiming that it will cause another death. Backstage, Tom overhears Vicky and Graelich whispering, and follows Vicky to town, where she visits undertaker Eustace Herley. When Tom finds sleeping pills in Herley's lab, the undertaker admits the Jamison committed suicide by taking an overdose. Tom then offers Vicky a ride back to school, and during their drive, he shows her a poem that Jamison dedicated to "V. G.," causing her to confess to feeling guilty about his suicide. Soon after, police inspectors Timothy Donovan and Bates arrive at Blue Cliff to investigate Jamison's death, and Tom declares that he knows who the killer is. That night, the school revue is interrupted by the screams of Marguerita, who has just found the body of Miss Keyes with the foil next to it. Tom follows Marguerita to Graelich's cottage, where she confides that she fears she has inherited her father's insanity. After Marguerita leaves the room, Tom finds a picture of Vicky taken on a European cruise, and when Graelich appears, Tom suggests that the psychologist's jealousy of Jamison may have been the motive for his murder. Graelich denies this and informs Tom that he has married an American so that he can legally enter the country, but that his marriage has remained secret because Miss Keyes would not allow married teachers on the faculty. Soon after, a shot rings out, and Tom traces it to the girls' dormitory, where he meets Vicky in the hallway. In her room, where Tom sees the same cruise picture, and Vicky admits that she met Graelich in Europe and fell in love. Drawn by the gunshots, the group reconvenes in Dean Keyes's office, where Donovan begins to interrogate Marguerita. Becoming hysterical, the girl runs away, and fearing that she may throw herself from the cliff, they pursue her. Tom teams up with Vicky, who admits that she broke her engagement to Graelich, thus causing Tom to deduce that the psychology professor then wed Mary who, out of insane jealousy killed Jamison and Miss Keyes to frame the lovers for murder. Mary is the first to reach the cliffs, and when Marguerita tells her that she saw her standing over the dead body of Miss Keyes, Mary tries to force her to jump. At that moment, Tom calls to Mary, and as she turns, she loses her footing and falls from the ledge. With the murders solved, Jane's mother, a famous performer, arrives at the school with another actress, who enlists Tom in solving a murder at the theater.

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