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Arsène Lupin (1932)

A detective is tasked to capture an elusive thief called Arsene Lupin.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Maurice Leblanc (play) (as Maurice Le Blanc), Francis de Croisset (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Duke of Charmerace
Lionel Barrymore ... Guerchard
Karen Morley ... Sonia
John Miljan ... Prefect of Police
Tully Marshall ... Gaston Gourney-Martin
Henry Armetta ... Sheriff's Man
George Davis George Davis ... Sheriff's Man
John Davidson ... Gourney-Martin's Butler
James T. Mack James T. Mack ... Laurent (as James Mack)
Mary Jane Irving Mary Jane Irving ... Marie
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Storyline

A charming and very daring thief known as Arsene Lupin is terrorizing the wealthy of Paris, he even goes so far as to threaten the Mona Lisa. But the police, led by the great Guerchard, think they know Arsene Lupin's identity, and they have a secret weapon to catch him. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Crime | Mystery | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arsene Lupin, der König der Diebe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$433,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,110,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Gilbert was initially slated to play the title role. See more »

Goofs

Lupin steals the Mona Lisa by wrapping the canvas around his umbrella. The Mona Lisa is painted on a wood panel. See more »

Quotes

Sonia: [to Chamerace, who has entered his bedroom to find her naked in his bed] Stay out of here. Stay out of here!
Arsène Lupin: How do you do?
Sonia: Close that door!
Arsène Lupin: Certainly.
[closes door, staying inside the room]
Sonia: Won't you please go?
Arsène Lupin: Certainly. But first, let me ask, how do you like my bed?
Sonia: Well, I didn't mean to, really. I was cold.
Arsène Lupin: Oh, yes, it is a cold night for May. However, don't you think Paris is charming in the spring?
Sonia: Well, I prefer Russia. You see, I come from there.
[...]
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Connections

Followed by Arsène Lupin Returns (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

When The Clock Is Striking Twelve
(uncredited)
Music by Mabel Wayne
Lyrics by Edward Eliscu
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It's got style and decent acting, but still seems a bit lethargic
16 November 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

John Barrymore plays a gentleman who is also the thief, Arsene Lupin. While no one knows for sure this is the case, the inspector (Lionel Barrymore) is sure of it but cannot prove it. So, Lionel spends much of the movie following John--hoping to catch this brilliant and slippery thief.

Although I liked the film, I really think I had higher expectations for it and thought it might be better than just a very good time-passer. That's because it paired John AND Lionel Barrymore in the film and since these brothers were such dynamic actors, I think I expected sparks and magic but instead only caught glimpses of it here and there. Now this is not to say this is a bad film--it certainly isn't. It just didn't rise to the level of being unforgettable or a film I strongly recommend you see. Thanks an adequate script, the film is pretty good but I was surprised to hear no French accents at all in the film even though it was supposedly about French people! Also, there just wasn't much life in the film until it was nearly complete. The ending was indeed excellent and entertaining--so good that it elevated the film from a 6 to a 7. It's nice to see it ended on a high note.


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