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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:
Max Bernard / Sir Nigel Crane
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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)  »

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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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A great one from the end of the Pre-code era
14 February 2005 | by (Culpeper, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Glamorous American jewel-thief Sophie Lang returns to the U. S. after lying low in England for five years. New York police inspector Stone is determined to trap the elusive Lang by enlisting the unknowing aid of Max Bernard, a suave European stone-stealer, traveling in America under the pseudonym of Sir Nigel Crane. Max and Sophie chase each other around, evade their pursuers, and of course fall in love. Along for the hunt are Leon Errol as a bumbling health-obsessed detective and Alison Skipworth as Sophie's crafty accomplice. Lots of laughs to be found, including Gertrude Michael's impersonation of a haughty Russian countess which comes out ala Garbo and a great line by Inspector Stone, "Never teach your grandmother to suck eggs." The film proved to be popular enough with audiences to spawn two sequels, The Return of Sophie Lang (1936) and Sophie Lang Goes West (1937). Critics were fond of the caper as well. The New York Times called it "…witty and exuberant entertainment performed with light-hearted gaiety by an excellent cast." Variety stated "Ralph Murphy directed the picture with a rat-tat-tat pace, not allowing it to stop for a minute."

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