5 user 5 critic

The Lone Wolf Returns (1935)

Once a jewel thief always a jewel thief? Yes and no. Yes if you consider the fact that Michael Lanyard also known as the Lone Wolf once retired from the "trade" but relapses back into his ... See full summary »


Roy William Neill




Credited cast:
Melvyn Douglas ... Michael Lanyard
Gail Patrick ... Marcia Stewart
Tala Birell ... Liane Mallison
Henry Mollison ... 'Mal' Mallison
Thurston Hall ... Inspector Crane
Raymond Walburn ... Jenkins
Douglass Dumbrille ... Morphew
Nana Bryant ... Aunt Julie Stewart
Robert Middlemass ... Chief of Detectives McGowan
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Detective Benson (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Hohl ... Undetermined Supporting Role (scenes deleted)
Frank Reicher ... Coleman (scenes deleted)


Once a jewel thief always a jewel thief? Yes and no. Yes if you consider the fact that Michael Lanyard also known as the Lone Wolf once retired from the "trade" but relapses back into his old habits when he is tempted by the emerald pendant of beautiful socialite Marcia Stewart. The trouble (?) is that he falls for the belle and he soon gets more interested in getting the girl than the jewels that adorn her. What he wants now is to return the pendant but a rival gang interfere and force him to take part in a big-time caper. Bad for them, Michael exposes them and hands them over to justice. Michael and Marcia will live happily ever after. Well, all things considered, once a thief...not always a thief! Written by Guy Bellinger

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Fiction's Favourite Adventure...In his Merriest, Maddest Escapades. (Print Ad- Teesdale Mercury, ((Barnard Castle, Durham)) 14 October 1936)




See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Inspector Crane: Mrs Mallison, my arm...
Liane Mallison: Inspector Crane, my shoulder!
See more »


Followed by The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939) See more »

User Reviews

This is the Cast Which Should Have Made the Series
27 December 2007 | by mmipyleSee all my reviews

I had read that this film was well done, but I was a little bit surprised at how well the cast really fitted the parts. Melvyn Douglas is superb as Michael Lanyard, the Lone Wolf. His assistant, played by Raymond Walburn, is excellent in an understated role, something Walburn doesn't usually do. He's much more like a Jeeves to a Wooster here. As Crane, the inspector, Thurston Hall gives an incredibly nuanced performance which at times is so like Lionel Barrymore as to be uncanny. Usually I find Hall over-the-top, but his performance here definitely is a climb way up above his normal outcome. Gail Patrick as the love interest is fascinating as a good girl, this in view of the performances by which she is most remembered, namely "My Man Godfrey", made the next year, and "Stage Door", made a year after that. She's good, and her restrained acting, but intense and telling eyes always have the viewer captivated. Tala Birell and Henry Mollison are just shady enough without being nasty - as in typical serial material - to add charm rather than detraction to the film. Douglas Dumbrille is Douglas Dumbrille, and when he's bad he's a pleasure to watch. Only vipers are more dangerous. I think what is disappointing to me is the fact that this cast was not used in sequel series fashion. It would have been a very formidable combination. No, it's not as good as "The Thin Man" series, but it's very watchable and worth an hour and a half.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

31 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Volta do Lobo Solit√°rio See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed