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The Notorious Sophie Lang (1934)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 20 July 1934 (USA)
After an extended stay in England, Sophie Lang returns to America. She is beautiful, sophisticated--and a notorious jewel thief. A New York police detective who's been trying to nail her ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Gertrude Michael ...
Max Bernard / Sir Nigel Crane
Arthur Byron ...
Police Insp. Stone
Aunt Nellie
Leon Errol ...
Ben Taggart ...
Police Capt. Thompson
Ferdinand Gottschalk ...
Augustus Telfen
Dell Henderson ...
House Detective (as Del Henderson)
Jewelry Clerk
Lucio Villegas ...
The Marshall
Adrian Rosley ...


After an extended stay in England, Sophie Lang returns to America. She is beautiful, sophisticated--and a notorious jewel thief. A New York police detective who's been trying to nail her finally comes up with what seems a foolproof scheme--to catch her off guard by having her fall for a handsome and suave jewel thief who happens to be in the U.S. traveling under an assumed name. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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20 July 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Célebre Miss Lang  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Gertrude Michael replaced Carole Lombard, who refused to do the picture. See more »


Followed by Sophie Lang Goes West (1937) See more »

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21 October 2003 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

In her eighteenth film in only two years,Gertrude Michael, having recently signed a long term contract with Paramount Pictures, was handed an assignment turned down by Carole Lombard, that of a lady jewel thief. Blonde, intelligent,sophisticated and edgy, Michael suited the role to a tee. Her performance opened her career to leads and costarring roles through the rest of the 1930s. The Catholic Church condemned this film for it glamorization of an amoral criminal. The audiences loved her easy chemistry with leading man Paul Cavanaugh, the scene-stealing Alison Skipworth,and the comic antics of Leon Errol. The film generated a series of two additional films which due to the puritannically revised code forced Sophie Lang to evolve into a rehabilitated criminal fighting evil. Still they were all good fun as Sophie Lang constantly appeared in different disguises and led the cops and the crooks on a merry chase. Several years ago this film was show in a 1930s Bad Girl retrospect at San Francisco's Roxie Cinema.Also on that program were Tala Birell in "She's Dangerous" and Claire Trevor in "Big Town Girl".

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