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The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 27 January 1939 (USA)
A group of "spies" is after the plans for an anti-aircraft gun, and the leader uses the opportunity to embroil the Lone Wolf in the plot. Trying to settle an old score, this shady character... See full summary »

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A group of "spies" is after the plans for an anti-aircraft gun, and the leader uses the opportunity to embroil the Lone Wolf in the plot. Trying to settle an old score, this shady character implicates his old nemesis by forcing him to crack the safe where the plans are stored. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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THE LONE WOLF'S TURNED SPY-SMASHER! See more »


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27 January 1939 (USA)  »

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Den ensomme Ulv går i fælden  »

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Although the literary source of the film was the unpublished script of Columbia's The Lone Wolf's Daughter (1929), the story was so completely changed it could hardly be considered a remake. See more »

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When Gromar comes down the staircase, from the second floor, the burglar alarm goes off. He runs back upstairs to check out the alarm. As he does so, the Lone Wolf is standing on the ground outside the window watching him - even though Gromar is supposed to be on the second floor. See more »

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Follows The Lone Wolf (1917) See more »

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highly entertaining
28 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Warren William is that ex-safecracker Michael Lanyard, The Lone Wolf, in "The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt." Criminals, led by Ralph Morgan, who are after some plans from the war department try to frame the retired crook for the theft.

What makes this film a cut above the usual B detective film is the terrific cast. Not just any B movie has Ida Lupino and pre-electrolysis Rita Hayworth as the female leads. They are not only excellent in their roles but beautiful, Hayworth being on the side of the bad guys and Lupino playing Lanyard's young girlfriend. He complains about being old enough to be her father, which in real life, was true. Here, the character is 35. This would undoubtedly get a laugh from today's audience. He was 45 and in today's youth-obsessed society, could pass for 60. Virginia Wiedler plays Lanyard's tomboy daughter, lending the same kind of terrific support she did in "The Philadelphia Story." Being a big fan of Warren William, I'll watch him in anything. The persona he used for many of these types of roles - relaxed, unflappable, charming, and funny - seems to hit the right notes, even though in silents, he played the villain. He's like a poor man's William Powell, but in his own way, every bit as good.

Lots of fun.


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