Last September, I covered the birth of RKO’s B-movie detective series, the Falcon, which was born as a less-costly alternative to (or rip-off of) their successful Saint series.
Having presumably made a success of the new property, RKO were faced with a problem: the series’ star, “Russian-born English film and television actor, singer-songwriter, music composer, and author” (and, later, voice of Shere Khan in Disney’s Jungle Book), George Sanders, wanted to leave to pursue bigger and better things. Who better to replace him than his very own brother, actor Tom Conway?
Unlike The Saint, which changed actor in much the same way as James Bond later would (i.e. abruptly without anyone mentioning it), here the series transfers from one brother to the other in a handover instalment, the cunningly titled The Falcon’s Brother. That’s the first of today’s reviews.
Conway would go on to star in a further nine Falcon films, the first two of which are also reviewed below.