The Falcon's Adventure


1h 1m 1946
The Falcon's Adventure

Brief Synopsis

A society sleuth rescues a kidnapped woman, then is framed for murder.

Film Details

Genre
Crime
Mystery
Release Date
Dec 13, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on a character created by Michael Arlen.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 1m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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 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.

Film Details

Genre
Crime
Mystery
Release Date
Dec 13, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on a character created by Michael Arlen.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 1m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Notes

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