June 22, 1942 in UK cinemas: The Falcon Takes Over

“MYSTERY that you’ll laugh at…when — The Falcon TAKES OVER”

The_Falcon_Takes_Over-1942The Falcon Takes Over (also known as The Falcon Steps Out), is a black-and-white mystery film directed by Irving Reis. The B film was the third, following The Gay Falcon and A Date with the Falcon (1941), to star George Sanders as the character Gay Lawrence, a gentleman detective known by the sobriquet the Falcon.

Although the film featured the Falcon and other characters created by Michael Arlen, its plot was taken from the Raymond Chandler novel Farewell, My Lovely, with the Falcon substituted for Chandler’s archetypal private eye Philip Marlowe and the setting of New York City replacing Marlowe’s Los Angeles beat. The film was the second adaptation of a Marlowe story, after Time to Kill, released earlier in the same year. That film, also, did not use Marlowe as the main character, changing the name to Michael Shayne. [Wikipedia]

One night in New York, beefy escaped convict Moose Malloy goes hunting for his ex-Cinema-UK-06-22-1942girlfriend Velma, leaving a trail of mayhem behind him. Velma seems to be well-hidden, and adventurer The Falcon, intrigued, investigates on his own, approaching the heart of the mystery via a varied sequence of shady characters and attractive women. [IMDB]

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