The Falcon Takes Over

  • 1942
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  • NR
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After putting his role as the Saint behind him, George Sanders played a similarly suave sleuth, the Falcon, in another RKO series based on a character created by novelist Michael Arlen. While retaining the character of the Falcon, the third entry in the series, THE FALCON TAKES OVER, was based on Raymond Chandler's novel Farewell, My Lovely, and Sanders...read more

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After putting his role as the Saint behind him, George Sanders played a similarly suave sleuth, the Falcon, in another RKO series based on a character created by novelist Michael Arlen. While retaining the character of the Falcon, the third entry in the series, THE FALCON TAKES OVER, was

based on Raymond Chandler's novel Farewell, My Lovely, and Sanders is really playing Philip Marlowe in everything but name. After Moose Malloy (Bond), an ex-wrestler, is released from jail, he enlists the Falcon's help in finding his long-lost girl friend, and the search takes the detective on a

trail that is littered with dead bodies. The Falcon and lovely female reporter Ann Riordan (Bari, taking over for Wendy Barrie, who played Sanders' love interest in the first two films) try their best to crack the case. Their investigation eventually leads to a gambling operation, whereupon Ann

gets her story, and the Falcon gets the reporter. Remade by RKO in 1945 as MURDER MY SWEET, with Dick Powell playing Marlowe, and again in 1975, with Robert Mitchum in the role under the original title of FAREWELL, MY LOVELY.

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