25 November 2016 | TheLittleSongbird
One of Tom Conway's better later, and overall, Falcon films
The Falcon films, both with George Sanders and Tom Conway in the lead role, are on the most part very enjoyable. There are some very good ones like the first two Sanders Falcon films and 'The Falcon Strikes Back', though also a few disappointments like 'The Falcon in Danger' and 'The Falcon in Mexico'.
On the most part, 'The Falcon in San Francisco' is for me one of Conway's better later and overall Falcon films. It is one of the series' most stylish and funniest, and also the series at its earthiest and most violent. Most of the film works very well indeed, but the story does get a little convoluted later and ends abruptly. A few of Edward Brophy's comic shenanigans are a touch overdone too.
However, a lot also does work. The music is lively and haunting enough, and on the most part the production values are slick and atmospheric with particularly nicely done photography. A new director is on board here, courtesy of Joseph H Lewis in his sole Falcon outing, and it is a very stylish and energetic directing job. Further advantages are a very playful script with dialogue that crackles with wit and some of the series' funniest and a mostly absorbing story that is never less than bright, breezy and fun with some suspense and great twists and turns.
Conway is dapper, suave, charismatic and amusingly cutting here, he always thrived in the title role and 'The Falcon in San Francisco' is evidence of that. Rita Corday brings plenty of allure, Edward Brophy is on the most part very funny and his comic relief is more than welcome and Sharyn Moffett is charming and vulnerable without ever falling into any of the obvious traps that child performers can do.
All in all, solid fun and one of the better later films of the series and one of Conway's best. 7/10 Bethany Cox