Arsène Lupin Returns (1938)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Mystery  |  25 February 1938 (USA)
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A woman and a man vying for a woman's affection: the usual love trio? Not quite so since the belle in question is Lorraine de Grissac, a very wealthy and alluring society woman, while one ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Count de Grissac
Joe Doyle
Georges Bouchet
E.E. Clive ...
George Zucco ...
Prefect of Police
Rollo Lloyd ...
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Ivan Pavloff
Le Marchand (as Ien Wulf)
Jonathan Hale ...
F.B.I. Special Agent


A woman and a man vying for a woman's affection: the usual love trio? Not quite so since the belle in question is Lorraine de Grissac, a very wealthy and alluring society woman, while one of the two rivals is none other than Arsène Lupin, the notorious jewel thief everybody thought dead, now living under the assumed name of René Farrand. As for the other suitor he is an American, a former F.B.I. sleuth turned private eye by the name of Steve Emerson. Steve not only suspects Farrand of being Lupin but when someone attempts to steal a precious emerald necklace from Lorraine's uncle, Count de Brissac, he is persuaded Lupin is the culprit. Is Emerson right or wrong? Which of the two men will win over Lorraine's heart? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

25 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Volta de Arsène Lupin  »

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(Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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When Steve quits his job as a G-man and goes to work for an insurance company, for what he says is $20,000 per year, that would be the equivalent salary of almost $340,000 in 2015. See more »


When Steve goes into his boss's office to resign from his G-man's job, the door oddly has no door frame as the camera follows him past a coat rack and a water cooler. A very unusual set construction and shooting technique to show a character passing from one room to the other. This may also reveal the budget constraints of the picture - at least in regards to set construction. See more »


Version of Hachi ichi san (1923) See more »


Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major Opus 9
(1830-1) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on piano by Melvyn Douglas
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This time around, it's another Lupin
28 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Arsene Lupin Returns" is a 1938 film starring Melvyn Douglas, Virginia Bruce, Warren William, Monty Woolley, and John Halliday.

Rene Farrand (Douglas) is engaged to a wealthy, beautiful woman, Lorraine de Grissac (Bruce). When a fabulous emerald necklace is stolen from Lorraine's uncle, everyone is a suspect. A private eye who once worked for the FBI, Steve Emerson (William) is brought in to investigate. The name of the famous jewel thief, Arsene Lupin, is tossed around, though he is dead. However, Emerson has never believed that, and there are clues pointing to his return from the grave.

Emerson is very suspicious of Farrand, and suspects that he might be the dead Lupin. In one scene, the necklace keeps turning up, first in one person's pocket, and then another's.

One bone to pick. One review here complained that NO ONE in this movie had a French accent, even though this story takes place in France. In France, the people speak French. They don't speak English with a French accent. So no accent is needed since one assumes they're speaking French. Following the line of thought of the review, if these people needed accents, so would anyone performing a Chekhov play need Russian accents, and you'd need Swedish accents for Strindberg. Incorrect.

This is a good movie with nice performances all around; the series never caught on, in part due to the fact that Arsene was played by different actors all the time.


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