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The Man with 100 Faces (1938)
"Crackerjack" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  31 October 1938 (USA)
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Jack Drake,a man with a hundred faces and in reality a modern-day Robin Hood known only as Crackerjack, thrills all England with his exploits of stealing from the rich and giving to the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Walls ...
Jack Drake
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Baroness Von Haltz
Noel Madison ...
Sculpie
Leon M. Lion ...
Hambro Golding
Edmund Breon ...
Tony Davenport (as Edmond Breon)
Jack Lester ...
Boyne
Charles Heslop ...
Burdge
H.G. Stoker ...
Supt. Benting
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Insp. Lunt (as Henry Longhurst)
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Annie
Edmund D'Alby ...
Lug (as Edmund Dalby)
Muriel George ...
Mrs. Humbold
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Ducet
Fewlass Llewellyn ...
Weller
Hal Walters ...
Smithy
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Jack Drake,a man with a hundred faces and in reality a modern-day Robin Hood known only as Crackerjack, thrills all England with his exploits of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. As a guest at a society party "Crackerjack" steals some valuable pearls, and the next day learns there has also been a hold-up at the party and a man killed. and Scotland Yard considers Crackerjack to be the leader of the killer-gang, and he realizes that someone is using his name to cover their own crimes. And sets out to prove it without having to disclose who he really is. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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31 October 1938 (USA)  »

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Cracking entertainment
17 March 2014 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I've always liked Tom Walls' farces – this is a more straightforward comedy, full of frothy sometimes witty dialogue and period furnishings with music veering from staid British dance band to hot American and a corny yet cogent script. Mind you, it also had an innocent bystander shot by hoodlums at point blank defending "a string of duds" from being stolen.

Mysterious and confident cracksman robs to order for almost purely altruistic reasons, but takes great exception when he's embroiled with and considered by the police to be the head hoodlum of a rather nasty gang of thieves so decides decidedly to clear his alias. It's inventive and predictable at the same time, interesting and so-so – basically I enjoyed it! It was the first time of viewing, I really wouldn't mind taking another crack at it and viewing it again sometime. Tom Walls is urbane and monocled, Lilli Palmer is elegant and shrewd, Noel Madison is snarly and impetuous – and everything else runs true to form too. There seems to be even more of an age-gulf between Lilli and the rest of the cast which was ignored of course so we have to accept it too and put any qualms we may have down to our collective post-rock and roll cynicism. The other star of the picture is Art Deco – for example the "hotel" and its interiors and furniture where a lot of the story is based is quite breathtaking at times in its poignant gleaming beauty. Not so long ago this fashion was sneered at, now that it's becoming more obvious we're living in a completely styleless age the focus on the past only gets sharper.

And yes, that's clearly a sound mike seen dangling in the ornate mirror in Lilli Palmer's apartment at 46 minutes – even that's interesting to view! Enjoyable stuff, but probably only to those of us who appreciate British pre-War comedies.


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