WARNER ARCHIVE: George Sanders - Falcon Set, Death of a Scoundrel

George Sanders is the main Warner Archive attraction this week as The Falcon Mystery Movie Collection, Vol. 1 and Death of a Scoundrel (1956) have been posted over at WBShop.

The Falcon collection features the first seven features in the series with George Sanders in the title role for the first four films and his real-life brother Tom Conway taking over from there.

Death, a made-to-order role for Sanders, also stars Yvonne De Carlo, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Victor Jory, Nancy Gates, Coleen Gray and Tom Conway.

They are available for rent or purchase here at ClassicFlix with a release date of December 13th.

These new DVDs add to the total of over 700 Warner Archive titles exclusively available for rent at ClassicFlix.com.

The Falcon Mystery Movie Collection, Vol. 1
Miscreants beware! The Falcon is on the hunt! No mystery can withstand the steel-eyed gaze of The Falcon! Fresh from his success playing The Saint, George Sanders brought his acerbic stylings and cynical élan to The Falcon series of mystery movies. And then he even brought his brother. Suave, sophisticated, hard-boiled and high-minded amateur sleuth Gay Lawrence (Sanders) seduced and sleuthed his way through four films before handing the mystery cracking reins to equally ineffable and unflappable brother Tom Lawrence (Sanders' real-life sib Tom Conway). Admirably filling the gumshoes, Tom Conway would see the new Falcon through a subsequent nine films. Follow the saga from the start with this first volume of The Falcon's adventures.

The Gay Falcon (1941) Shortly after promising his fiancee that his skirt-chasing and crime-solving days are over, Gay Lawrence (aka The Falcon) finds himself facing lethal jewel thieves and bewitching beauties. With Wendy Barrie and Allen Jenkins.

A Date With the Falcon (1941) Marriage looms for The Falcon when a scientist's mysterious disappearance saves him from impending domesticity. With Wendy Barrie, James Gleason and Allen Jenkins.

The Falcon Takes Over (1942) The Falcon steps into the shoes of Philip Marlowe as the third film in the series adapts Raymond Chandler'sFarewell, My Lovely. With Lynn Bari, James Gleason and Allen Jenkins.

The Falcon's Brother (1942) It takes two Falcons, Gay and his brother Tom, to tackle Nazi machinations and murder in the installment that sees Sanders' sib Conway ably taking over the franchise. With Jane Randolph.

The Falcon Strikes Back (1943) No sooner has Tom donned The Falcon's duties then he finds himself framed for stealing war bonds. Now it's time for the fugitive Falcon to strike back! With Jane Randolph, Harriet Hilliard and Edgar Kennedy.

The Falcon in Danger (1943) When three men disappear from an airliner in midair, The Falcon takes on a mystery that deepens to menace the continued existence of the nation itself. Can The Falcon save liberty from the sinister forces that theatens to forever extinguish her burning brand? With Jean Brooks, Elaine Shepard and Amelita Ward.

The Falcon and the Co-Eds (1943) The Falcon enters the halls of a woman's college in order to solve the murder of an instructor. With a bevy of beauteous and brainy subjects at hand it will take all of The Falcon's resolve to keep his focus on the case. With Jean Brooks, Rita Corday, and Amelita Ward.

Death of a Scoundrel
"He was the most hated man on earth. But he could have been one of the great men in history. He was a genius." So begins the post-mortem recollections of the cast of characters that had the misfortune of crossing paths with Clementi Sabourin, a cad of such monumental proportions that only George Sanders could play him.

Clementi’s story plays out in a series of flashbacks, as his life story is relayed by those who knew him to the police, who are investigating his murder. Yvonne DeCarlo, Zsa Zsa Gabor (the ex-Mrs. Sanders), Nancy Gates and Coleen Gray play the eye-catching “Four beautiful reasons behind...the Death of a Scoundrel” promised by the film’s poster while Sanders’ sibling Tom Conway appears as Clementi’s brother.

Contributions from the equally celebrated James Wong Howe (cinematographer) and Max Steiner (composer) add luster to the film’s pulp noir pursuit of the truth of a great man, greatly dedicated to only himself.

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