Number 7 in the series has the usual RKO stock company, including Tom Conway as the Falcon and Cliff Clark and Edward Gargan as Inspector Donovan and Detective Bates. Jean Brooks and Rita Corday, who appeared in different roles in half a dozen FALCON films apiece, both have leading roles, and Amelita Ward and Ian Wolfe, who were in the previous film THE FALCON IN DANGER, both show up again here.
Student Jane Harris (Ward) believes a teacher at her girls school, Bluecliff Seminary, has been murdered and goes to great lengths to have the Falcon come investigate. Suspects include several teachers (Brooks, Isabel Jewell, and George Givot) and a student with "second sight" (Corday).
The campus setting is fun, especially as the alert viewer will notice future Oscar-winning actress Dorothy Malone in a background role as one of the students. This was Malone's second screen credit.
The caretaker's young daughters who sing and aid the Falcon in his detective work are played by Juanita Alvarez (later known as Nita Hunter), Ruth Alvarez, and Nancy McCollum. They add a nice dose of energy to the film without being obnoxious. The scene where they track down Vicky (Brooks) and the Falcon rewards them with ice cream money is quite cute.
As a side note, I feel sure I've seen the mansion which is the main school building in at least one other film noir, but I haven't been able to remember which one.
Those who enjoy the FALCON films will find this an agreeable way to pass 67 minutes.
This was the second of three FALCON entries directed by William Clemens. The cast also includes Barbara Brown and Olin Howlin.
This is the seventh and final film included in The Falcon Mystery Movie Collection, Volume 1, from the Warner Archive.
It's also available on a Region 2 DVD.
Reviews of the earlier films in the series: THE GAY FALCON (1941), A DATE WITH THE FALCON (1942), THE FALCON TAKES OVER (1942), THE FALCON'S BROTHER (1942), THE FALCON STRIKES BACK (1943), and THE FALCON IN DANGER (1943).