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Oliver Lane is "The Solitaire Man," a renowned jewel thief who is ready to retire and marry Helen, his partner in crime and his one true love. Their plans are shattered when another member of their gang, Bascom, walks in with a stolen necklace. Helen will not marry Oliver until the necklace is returned. Oliver's attempt to return the jewels later place the whole gang under suspicion for the theft and for the murder of a Scotland Yard inspector.Written by
Daniel Bubbeo <DanNGM@aol.com>
The airplane depicted as being flown from Paris to London's Croydon airport is a Handley Page HP.45. First flown on December 30, 1931, this aircraft (G-AAXF) was own and used by Imperial Airways and named "Helena". It was requisitioned by the RAF for use by 271 Squadron in May, 1940. It was scrapped after a landing accident in 1941. Only four were built. See more »
Lionel Atwill quite clearly calls Herbert Marshall "Wallace" in one scene, apparently forgetting that was the name of his own character. Marshall played Lane. See more »
A decent film until they boarded the plane....then, a snooze-fest.
I almost always like Herbert Marshall films and "The Solitaire Man" was a huge disappointment. While it started off well enough, it really became a boring and highly clichéd movie when it came to the airplane sequence.
The film begins with an elaborate flim-flam scheme in which some rich lady buys a necklace she THINKS is worth a fortune. You then learn that these two women are in league with Oliver (Marshall). However, Oliver and the young lady crook have decided to marry and she assumes this means an end to their lives of crime. However, Oliver wants a final big score and as he's sneaking in to steal a valuable necklace, a murder occurs! Another thief is there and shoots a detective who's waiting for him...and Oliver uses the confusion to get the necklace.
When the film switches to the airplane on which Oliver and his two friends are traveling, the film grinds to a halt. Much of the next 20- 30 minutes consists of folks talking and talking and you learn that a detective or police informer is among the passengers. None of this is really interesting or worth seeing...and it's filled with so many silly clichés. I really HATED how Oliver kept making brilliant educated guesses based on no evidence whatsoever! It's a shame, as this final portion seems like it's from a cheap Monogram or Grand National film...not a picture from a quality studio like MGM!
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