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I Am a Thief (1934)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 24 November 1934 (USA)
A variety of suspicious characters try to get their hands on a priceless diamond necklace aboard the Orient Express.


Robert Florey


Ralph Block (story), Doris Malloy (story) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Mary Astor ... Odette Mauclair
Ricardo Cortez ... Pierre Londais
Dudley Digges ... Colonel Jackson
Robert Barrat ... Otto 'Baron' Von Kampf
Irving Pichel ... Count Trentini
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Daudet
Arthur Aylesworth ... Francois
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... M. Cassiet
Florence Fair Florence Fair ... Mme. Cassiet
Frank Reicher ... Max Bolen
John Wray ... Antonio Porricci
Oscar Apfel ... Auctioneer


An insurance company hurt by a string of jewel thefts decides to smoke out the international community of thieves by putting the priceless Karenina diamond necklace up for auction. There are many interested parties, but jewel dealer Pierre Londais ultimately wins the bidding. Among the suspicious characters interested in the diamonds are a young woman named Odette Mauclair, a wealthy American named Colonel Jackson, and the mysterious Baron Von Kampf. There are robbery attempts at Londais's Paris hotel and later aboard the train to Istanbul. When the diamonds go missing, everyone aboard the train is a suspect. Written by Jimmy L.

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A Female Philo Vance Gets Her Man In "I am a thief" (Print Ad- San Jose News, ((San Jose, Calif.)) 5 December 1934) See more »


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Mary Astor, Ricardo Cortez, and Florence Fair had all been silent film stars. See more »


When a male train passenger tries to wedge a note between the door and door frame of Odette Mauclair's room; the note falls into the room and out of sight. But on the next cut when Londais escorts Odette to her door; the note is now seen wedged in between the door and the frame. See more »

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I Am Confused
23 November 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ricardo Cortez is a suave jeweler. He buys at auction some famous and expensive diamonds, then takes the Orient Express to Istanbul, so he can romance Mary Astor -- who eventually steals the jewels -- and keep things humming along, with a bunch of people who obviously want the gems and are willing to murder to get them. Apparently.

Robert Florey directs this at the high-speed Warner Brothers pace, even though the plot complexities, which seem to involve everyone actually being someone other than they seem to be, sometimes overwhelm the movie. Like a detective in a pulp novel, I began to suspect everyone, from Parisian chauffeurs -- a shady lot at the best of times -- to children selling gimcrack souvenirs by the side of the train. Why were they traveling on the Orient Express anyway? Don't they know it's a hotbed of espionage, murder, and Kenneth Branagh in a face-eating mustache?

Florey was always fond of Dutch angles, but he can't do much on board the railroad, even with Sidney Hickock as his cinematographer. It was fun while it lasted, but occasionally confusing, as players switched who they were playing.

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Release Date:

24 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ladrões Internacionais See more »

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Paris, France See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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