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Raffles (1930)

A distinguished English gentleman has a secret life--he is the notorious jewel thief the press has dubbed "The Amateur Cracksman". When he meets a woman and falls in love he decides to "... See full summary »


George Fitzmaurice, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast (uncredited)


Sidney Howard, E.W. Hornung (novel)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... A.J. Raffles
Kay Francis ... Gwen
David Torrence ... Inspector McKenzie
Frederick Kerr ... Lord Harry Melrose (as Frederic Kerr)
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John Rogers John Rogers ... Crawshaw
Wilson Benge Wilson Benge ... Barraclough
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A distinguished English gentleman has a secret life--he is the notorious jewel thief the press has dubbed "The Amateur Cracksman". When he meets a woman and falls in love he decides to "retire" from that life, but an old friend comes to him with a predicament that entails him committing one last job. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Silk Hat Sinner! A Suave Love Saint! The cavalier of crime, the most fascinating character Ronald Coleman has played! An amateur cracksman- but an expert in love! (Print Ad-Rhinebeck Gazette, ((Rhinebeck, NY)) 20 September 1930)







Release Date:

24 July 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herr Raffles gör visit See more »


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1.20 : 1
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The last Goldwyn movie to be shot simultaneously in silent and talkie versions. See more »


Gwen's limo drops Raffles off at his residence. After Raffles gets out of the car, the chauffeur closes the passenger door and opens the driver's door. But the engine revs and the car starts moving forward before the chauffeur gets in and behind the steering wheel. See more »


A.J. Raffles: There's just one thing that I regret.
Inspector McKenzie: And what's that?
A.J. Raffles: That you won't have the amateur cracksman here tonight. What a sight! To see the great McKenzie face to face with him.
Inspector McKenzie: We'll meet one of these days, Mr. Raffles. I'll catch the amateur cracksman. I'll hook him... and play him... and land him like a fish.
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Alternate Versions

This film was made simultaneously in silent and talking versions. With almost of the theaters in the USA wired for sound, this was to be the last film that Samuel Goldwyn produced in this manner. See more »


Version of Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1917) See more »

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Simple Story - But With 'The Voice'
9 August 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

The idea of an upper class 'Amateur Cracksman' who steals jewelry for a living has a romantic aura about it and should make for a better movie than "Raffles" turns out to be. The punch line of many scenes is telegraphed, the plot is simplistic, unadorned and full of holes and the ending is absurd.

Ah, but it stars 'The Voice', Ronald Colman, and that makes all the difference. Colman and his mellifluous voice glide through every scene and anesthetizes an unbelievable story just by talking. Here he was at the height of his popularity as the dashing cricketer/thief and has as his leading lady Kay Francis, one of the loveliest stars of that era. She is unfortunately given little to do in a meager role as his fiancé. But there are some other Hollywood stalwarts in the cast, among them Alison Skipworth in one of her ditzy socialite roles and silent film bad guy David Torrence, a Scotsman with a thick Scottish accent, as the investigating detective. Also Bramwell Fletcher and Frederick Kerr, a very elderly gentleman I found delightful in "Waterloo Bridge (1930)" in the same blustery, old duffer-type role.

"Raffles" is uncomplicated and good fun, and about as deep as a dish of water, but worth your time to see and hear Colman say things - doesn't matter what, just listen to him talk. Thank TCM for dusting this one off.

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