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The Solitaire Man (1933)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Romance  |  22 September 1933 (USA)
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Oliver Lane is "The Solitaire Man," a renowned jewel thief who is ready to retire and marry Helen, his partner in crime and his one true love. Their plans are shattered when another member ... See full summary »

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Herbert Marshall ...
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Mrs. Hopkins
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Wallace
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Mrs. Vail
Elizabeth Allan ...
Helen
Ralph Forbes ...
Bascom
Lucile Gleason ...
Mrs. Peabody (as Lucille Gleason)
Robert McWade ...
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Oliver Lane is "The Solitaire Man," a renowned jewel thief who is ready to retire and marry Helen, his partner in crime and his one true love. Their plans are shattered when another member of their gang, Bascom, walks in with a stolen necklace. Helen will not marry Oliver until the necklace is returned. Oliver's attempt to return the jewels later place the whole gang under suspicion for the theft and for the murder of a Scotland Yard inspector. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <DanNGM@aol.com>

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22 September 1933 (USA)  »

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O Homem Solit├írio  »

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The original play opened in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on 6 June 1927. See more »

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Lionel Atwill quite clearly calls Herbert Marshall "Wallace" in one scene, apparently forgetting that was the name of his own character. Marshall played Lane. See more »

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Crime pays
5 August 2013 | by (Baltimore MD) – See all my reviews

"The Solitaire Man" is a slick, stylish,sophisticated thriller, a throwback to an era when spinning a good yarn was more important than bloating the budget or running up the running time. When we first meet Herbert Marshall as Oliver Lane, he has a small problem. A Paris-based master criminal, he's about to retire to Devonshire, marry Elizabeth Allen as his fetching accomplice and turn from safecracking to milking cows. But a drugged-out henchman has committed a robbery that could get them both sent to the slammer -- and Lane has no choice but to reluctantly return the loot. How that leads to a plane bound for London, a battle of wits with Lionel Atwill as a mysterious Scotland Yard inspector and the contribution of an American socialite played with mirthful glee by Mary Boland takes up much of the movie. The result is tight, taut, cleverly directed by Jack Conway and a lot more modern -- in style, dialogue and devilish humor -- than most of the movies made back in 1933. Or a good many made since.


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