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The Falcon In Mexico 1944
The Falcon In Hollywood 1944
The Falcon In San Francisco 1945
The Falcon's Alibi 1946
The Falcon's Adventure 1946
I've always enjoyed the old Falcon mystery movies series from the 1940's, especially after Tom Conway took over the role. This DVD set is all Tom Conway and presents his final films as the Falcon. These are all well-made films that move along at a rapid pace (especially "The Falcon In Hollywood"), have interesting characters, and some comic relief. My favorite is "The Falcon In San Francisco", but there's not one of them that's a bad film, and they're fun to watch late in the evening when you don't want to see any of the "entertainment" offered on broadcast TV or cable.
This is a 2-DVD set with 3 films on each disc. Although the old RKO films are great, the packaging of the DVD set is below average and could have easily been made more appealing by Warner Brothers simply by choosing a more colorful lobby card for the cover. Same with the first volume that was issued last year. And I don't believe any "restoration" work was done on these films for DVD release. I recorded the first four of these six films off TCM about 5 years ago onto DVD-Rs, and TCM presented them in high quality; I think the quality of what TCM presented is about as good as the official DVD release now. I'm also wondering about the final three Falcon films from 1948 and 1949, "The Devil's Cargo", "Appointment With Murder", and "Search For Danger", all of which starred John Calvert as the Falcon. I've never seen them, maybe they aren't worthwhile series entries, but could have been a nice bonus to include them here as a third disc which I'm sure wouldn't be any skin off anyone's teeth.
Highly recommended. If you have ever enjoyed watching just one of Tom Conway's "Falcon" movies or like old 1940s black and white mystery films, don't skip picking this up.
Each one of these films here is a delight, with Conway sleuthing his way through various scenarios and proving to be an amusing lothario in each one. My particular favorite is "The Falcon in Hollywood", because it is not only a nifty-little mystery, but it is also a behind-the-scenes look at the RKO studio lot of the era. Very cool.
Although only 2 discs, the brief running time of each film makes for all six films to fit on the dual-layer DVDs with fine quality (and a great value!). All 6 films in the set have been remastered for the occasion, and are a distinct improvement from the fuzzy, contrasty television broadcasts (telling sign, no more cue-marks at reel changes!). Not only is the picture far improved, but the sound is robust and crystal clear, far beyond normal expectation for RKO B-pictures that are nearly 70 years old.
For any fan of The Falcon, or other mystery series of similar vintage, this collection is recommended with sincere praise.
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This was my first Falcone Mystery movie. He was really cool for the time. Very entertaining and fun to watch. Nice collection of movies!Published 14 days ago by Chelsea Rose
love the falcon mystery movies, great addition to my collectionPublished 16 days ago by Carol J. Wooldridge
Tom Conway is great, I love everyone of his films. I wish there were more. I have also bought George Sanders movies and love everyone of them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by janie
If you love these like i do, get Hildagarde Withers Collection from Amazon.Stylish mysteries that keep you guessing. Can't beat prices!Published 1 month ago by Kevin R. McShea
If you liked the Saint you have to have the Falcon these shows are just plain enjoyable to watchPublished 2 months ago by Pat S.
Too bad there aren't more and more of the great old detective DVD's out there. If there are more, let me know ( I have Charlie Chan, Mr. Moto, the Saint, and several others. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sally Leistner