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The Solitaire Man (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Romance | 22 September 1933 (USA)
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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Mrs. Peabody (as Lucille Gleason)
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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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Crime | Romance

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22 September 1933 (USA)  »

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O Homem Solitário  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The airplane depicted as being flown from Paris to London's Croydon airport is a Handley Page HP.45. First flown on December 30, 1931, this aircraft (G-AAXF) was own and used by Imperial Airways and named "Helena". It was requisitioned by the RAF for use by 271 Squadron in May, 1940. It was scrapped after a landing accident in 1941. Only four were built. 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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Terrible film
4 March 2003 | by (San Ho) – See all my reviews

Just what I wanted to see: a stage play masquerading as a movie. It's one of those few times in which you forget the entire content of the film just minutes after watching. Most of us get into movies to be visually and emotionally stimulated, but this MGM cheapie fails on both fronts, at times even daring the viewer to stay awake with its endless dialogue and overblown theatrics. A caper plot about a stolen necklace on an airplane could and should have been better than the nonsensical soap opera mechanics on display here. The old hags were not only rude and insulting, but they practically beg the viewer for a well placed slap across the mouth. Given the technical limitations of 1933, the plane set where most of the film takes place looks like a kindergarten stage with a few random chairs spread around for good measure. Thankfully, this wretched excrement of old cinema remains unreleased on video; those that get TCM may have to suffer a terrible ordeal, though.


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