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A distinguished English gentleman has a secret life--he is the notorious jewel thief the press has dubbed "The Amateur Cracksman". When he meets a woman and falls in love he decides to "retire" from that life, but an old friend comes to him with a predicament that entails him committing one last job. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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His lordship demonstrates his alarm system to his male dinner guests, noting with it engaged, the alarm goes off if any window opens (one would also assume, the doors). Later that evening, after shutting off the alarm, Raffles catches a real thief, makes a deal to hand over his booty, and help him escape from the house. The police detective notices the open window, closes it and resets the alarm, seconds before the real thief and Raffles opens the window. The alarm goes off and a chase ensues. As they apprehend the thief, we're shown one of the bedrooms with windows open and curtains blowing in the breeze. If the alarm is triggered by any open window, these windows should have been closed. And with the threat of robbery that night, all the windows would have been closed and locked. See more »

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Inspector McKenzie: [about Raffles] One can't help liking him.
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Entertaining and atmospheric Ronald Coleman film
15 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A. J. Raffles, "the amateur cracksman," was a fictional English gentleman safecracker invented by E. W. Hornung in a series of stories beginning in 1898 as a sort of mirror image of Sherlock Holmes. Like Holmes, Raffles is a suave, upper-class intellectual involved with the underworld, but Raffles's involvement is on the wrong side of the law: he supports his upper-class lifestyle by his career as a jewelry thief.

The Raffles stories were extremely popular and have been the subject of many film, theater, and television treatments. One of the best of these is this 1930, very early talkie starring cinema's quintessential English gentleman, Ronald Coleman. It's really quite a good film for its time, with an intelligent script, generally good acting (especially by Coleman and character actor Frederick Kerr, better known as Baron Frankenstein in James Whale's famous 1931 treatment of the monster story, who steals every scene he is in as a grouchy English lord.) Co-cinematographer Gregg Toland, who later worked on many Hollywood classics, is presumably responsible for the film's noirish, atmospheric lighting effects.

All in all, I'd say this entertaining film will still be enjoyed by today's audiences, and is a must see for fans of Coleman.

This review is based on the Warner Archives DVD (which includes a later remake of substantially the same story starring David Niven, which I haven't seen.) The image is a good transfer of a decentish, though somewhat streaky, original print.


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