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When Thief Meets Thief (1937)

Jump for Glory (original title)
A London cat burglar (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) falls for the girlfriend (Valerie Hobson) of a stockbroker (Alan Hale) who used to be his partner.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Ricky Morgan
Valerie Hobson ... Glory Howard aka Glory Fane
Alan Hale ... Jim Dial aka 'Col. Fane'
Edward Rigby ... Sanders
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Nolan
Jack Melford Jack Melford ... Thompson
Anthony Ireland ... Sir Timothy Haddon
Esme Percy ... Robinson
Basil Radford ... Defending Counsel
Leo Genn ... Prosecuting Counsel
Ian Fleming ... Coroner
Frank Birch Frank Birch ... Vicar
Roland Culver ... BBC Audition
Fred Duprez Fred Duprez
Henry B. Longhurst Henry B. Longhurst ... (as Henry Longhurst)


A London cat burglar (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) falls for the girlfriend (Valerie Hobson) of a stockbroker (Alan Hale) who used to be his partner.

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14 June 1937 (USA) See more »

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When Thief Meets Thief See more »

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According to British columnist Philip Bradford, writing in 1959, star and co-producer Douglas Fairbanks Jr approached Leo Genn (then a professional lawyer who was starting an acting career) to become legal advisor for the film's trial scene: "Fairbanks later decided to have Genn write the sequence, and finally persuaded him to appear in the role of [a] barrister." See more »


Glory Fane: Darling, don't you see I'll let you down, the odds are too great.
Ricky Morgan: Listen, the odds on crooks are always what they should be.
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Concert Waltz in E
Music by Moritz Moszkowski
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The skunk he really is
16 April 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jump For Glory was the last film on the Fairbanks sabbatical in the United Kingdom before father and son returned to the USA. For the senior Douglas Fairbanks it was retirement, for the son he got a juicy part in Prisoner Of Zenda which led to many more.

This film finds Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., a cat burglar with a price on his head from the USA who is now in Monte Carlo where people are known to flaunt their wealth, the better to steal it. He runs into Valerie Hobson who is to be married to Alan Hale. He's a stockbroker, but Fairbanks knows him for the skunk he really is as he was his partner who left him holding the bag.

A quarter of a century later this same plot gambit would be used by Marlon Brando for One Eyed Jacks. It works out just about the same for Fairbanks as it does for Brando.

Fairbanks, Hale, and director Raoul Walsh were all over from America for this one. The rest of the cast is British players, among them Leo Genn whose unforgettable voice you'll hear as a Crown attorney in a courtroom scene.

The best film that Fairbanks did across the pond in the Thirties is Catherine The Great with Elizabeth Bergner. This one suffers from some botched editing, no doubt for television broadcast in the USA.

Maybe we'll see a restored version at some point and the film might get better.

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