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The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery | 6 March 1941 (USA)
The Lone Wolf Michael Lanyard takes Inspector Crane's challenge that he can't keep out of trouble for 24 hours. No sooner accepted when Lanyard is sucked into a case of murder and ... See full summary »

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The Lone Wolf Michael Lanyard takes Inspector Crane's challenge that he can't keep out of trouble for 24 hours. No sooner accepted when Lanyard is sucked into a case of murder and kidnapping in which he is sole suspect. Lanyard pursues the perpetrators, a gang of cunning thieves with engraving plates belonging to the U.S. Treasury, even as he is being hunted by police. Written by John Paul FD Morris

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Mad ADVENTURE! Gay INTRIGUE! (original print ad)

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Drama | Mystery

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6 March 1941 (USA)  »

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(copyright length) (TCM print)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Eddie Laughton as "Master of Ceremonies," and Al Herman are in studio records/casting call lists, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny Baker (Lloyd Bridges) was shown bound and gagged in the locked safe compartment with the Lone Wolf (Warren William) attempting to open it, he clearly got his hands free enough to reach up to his mouth to remove the gag placed on it, but after a cut away, he's shown again with his hands tied and immobile and the gag firmly in place. See more »

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Followed by The Lone Wolf and His Lady (1949) See more »

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An improbable mix, but it works
7 January 2007 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

Another good Lone Wolf entry, maybe only marred by too many slapstick moments at the beginning - but I never expect anything less from Fred Kelsey! The handsome young couple in here were Lloyd Bridges in his 1st credited film and June Storey who was managing without Gene Autry for a change.

Warren William again plays Michael Lanyard the Lone Wolf, ex-jewel thief who has minded his own business for 10 minutes when a man is murdered by gangsters outside his 9th floor apartment window. His inadvertent help in the incident doesn't seem to faze him one bit, it's something that would definitely bother me! He and his ever effervescent butler Eric Blore are instantly mixed up and while they're chasing the baddies who've kidnapped an inventor the police are chasing them for the homicide. There's some nice scenes on a train pre North By Northwest where the Lady Vanishes becomes the Inventor Vanishes before the film swerves into an crumbly old dark house setting.

With a continuously "inventive" storyline and fast pace it was one of the better and longer LW's and well worth watching for those of us who like b&w comedy mystery b pictures from the '40's.


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