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The Falcon in San Francisco (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery | 25 July 1945 (USA)
The Falcon and his friend Goldie Locke check into what appears to be a silk-smuggling racket in San Francisco.


Joseph H. Lewis


Robert E. Kent (screenplay) (as Robert Kent), Ben Markson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Tom Conway ... Tom Lawrence
Rita Corday ... Joan Marshall
Edward Brophy ... Goldie Locke (as Edward S. Brophy)
Sharyn Moffett ... Annie Marshall
Fay Helm ... Doreen Temple
Robert Armstrong ... De Forrest Marshall
Carl Kent ... Rickey
George Holmes ... Dalman
John Mylong ... Carl Dudley


On vacation, Tom Lawrence--The Falcon--and his Brooklyn-born sidekick 'Goldie' Locke meet cute with a little girl named Annie whose nurse has just been murdered. Accompanying Annie home, The Falcon is arrested for kidnapping, but bailed out of jail by a mysterious woman (Helm). A labyrinthine plot then unfurls involving silk smuggling, a steamship called the S.S. Citadel and an ex-bootlegger named Duke Monette. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The lure of loveliness and the greed for gold lead four to fearful death...as the Falcon grapples with his most merciless foe! (original poster) See more »


Crime | Mystery


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Did You Know?


The ship used by the bad guys at the end of the film is the same one seen as a huge prop on a soundstage in The Falcon in Hollywood (1944). See more »


When Tom gets thrown out of the car (in Chinatown?) he is right next to the curb. Next shot when he is getting up, he is further away from the curb. See more »


Dalman: Don't move... .. you too!
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Followed by The Falcon's Adventure (1946) See more »


My Shining Hour
(1943) (uncredited)
For "The Sky's the Limit")
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played by house orchestra (music only) in nightclub scene.
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Decent but convoluted story
22 November 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a movie that can be enjoyed on a superficial level, but if you think too much about the plot it might just give you a headache. That's because the plot often just doesn't make much sense--particularly the far-fetched ending.

Tom Conway plays his usual dapper role as Tom Lawrence ("The Falcon") and the film is greatly improved by having his old sidekick ("Goldy", played by Eddie Brophy). For some reason, while earlier Falcon films always featured a sidekick, for quite a few of Conway's film the sidekick had disappeared--making the films a bit flat and needing an infusion of humor. Also, fortunately, there is no ditsy female to clutter up the film. The female leads in THE FALCON IN Hollywood and several other previous films were just awful--playing both love interests and comic relief. However, they all just came off as annoying. Fortunately, Goldy is not annoying but provided able support--as did the cute little kid who appeared in the film. Often, cute kids are detriments to a film but here she infuses a nice new element to the film.

While I could TRY to explain the film, frankly it didn't make all that much sense to me and I am sure it would only confuse you if I tried! It was that convoluted! For fans of the series, this is a good and welcome addition to the series. But for others, it's probably not going to make them fans of the Falcon films.

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Release Date:

25 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Halcón en San Francisco See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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