Arsène Lupin (1932)

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A charming and very daring thief known as Arsene Lupin is terrorizing the wealthy of Paris, he even goes so far as to threaten the Mona Lisa. But the police, led by the great Guerchard, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Karen Morley ...
John Miljan ...
Prefect of Police
Gaston Gourney-Martin
Henry Armetta ...
Sheriff's Man
George Davis ...
Sheriff's Man
John Davidson ...
Gourney-Martin's Butler
James T. Mack ...
Laurent (as James Mack)
Mary Jane Irving ...


A charming and very daring thief known as Arsene Lupin is terrorizing the wealthy of Paris, he even goes so far as to threaten the Mona Lisa. But the police, led by the great Guerchard, think they know Arsene Lupin's identity, and they have a secret weapon to catch him. Written by Ken Yousten <>

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Mystery | Romance





Release Date:

5 March 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arsene Lupin, der König der Diebe  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lupin steals the Mona Lisa by wrapping the canvas around his umbrella. The Mona Lisa is painted on a wood panel. See more »


Sonia: [to Chamerace, who has entered his bedroom to find her naked in his bed] Stay out of here. Stay out of here!
Arsène Lupin: How do you do?
Sonia: Close that door!
Arsène Lupin: Certainly.
[closes door, staying inside the room]
Sonia: Won't you please go?
Arsène Lupin: Certainly. But first, let me ask, how do you like my bed?
Sonia: Well, I didn't mean to, really. I was cold.
Arsène Lupin: Oh, yes, it is a cold night for May. However, don't you think Paris is charming in the spring?
Sonia: Well, I prefer Russia. You see, I come from there.
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Music by William Axt
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Lionel out-hams brother John in old-fashioned jewel thief story...
13 November 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

JOHN BARRYMORE actually underplays the role of ARSENE LUPIN in this early talkie that features his brother LIONEL BARRYMORE as a crusty detective seeking to solve a series of jewel robberies. John Barrymore is the elegant man suspected of being the famed jewel thief and he plays it with a surprising amount of charm and skill, rather than the overacting he often displayed in later films.

KAREN MORLEY is the attractive blonde who is supposed to be helping Lionel get the goods on the thief--but, unfortunately, she's no help at all when she falls hopelessly in love with the charming scoundrel.

So much about the film, where much of the action takes place on a country estate with wealthy people in attendance, reminds me of the David Niven/Olivia de Havilland film about the Scotland Yard thief RAFFLES. Barrymore plays the role with the same effortless charm that Niven adapted for his Raffles, the man who kept authorities baffled with a string of jewel robberies.

TCM is showing a good print of the film and while some of the dialog leaves a lot to be desired, it's a good example of an early sound film that still holds up today. Interior sets of the country estate are expensively mounted and it's obvious this was designed as a major film, not a programmer, despite the slight story.

Lionel hams it up considerably throughout, but John is more effective in his underplayed role.

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