The Falcon in Mexico (1944)
Article 6048 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by William Berke
Featuring Tom Conway, Mona Maris, Martha Vickers
What it is: Mystery
The Falcon is under suspicion for the murder of an art dealer who has a painting supposedly from a painter who has died in Mexico. He flees to Mexico in order to clear himself and find the real murderer.
If I really squinted a lot, I might make the argument that the movie can be classified as horror since there seems to be a dead man walking about, but that would imply this movie is trying for effects it is not going for. In truth, there’s no fantastic content here to speak of, and the only reason I’m covering it is that the Lentz guides have a bad habit of including all the movies of certain series in which only one or two of them have sufficient fantastic content. Still, this is an entertaining little programmer, with Tom Conway giving a solid performance in the title role and a few interesting twists and turns in the plot. Nestor Paiva is also memorable as a persistent tour guide who attaches himself to the Falcon, though he has a secret of his own. If this entry is any indication, it looks like the Falcon movies make for an entertaining series.