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The Man with 100 Faces (1938)

Crackerjack (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 31 October 1938 (USA)
Jack Drake,a man with a hundred faces and in reality a modern-day Robin Hood known only as Crackerjack, thrills all England with his exploits of stealing from the rich and giving to the ... See full summary »

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William Blair Morton Ferguson (novel) (as W.B.N. Ferguson), Basil Mason (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Walls ... Jack Drake
Lilli Palmer ... Baroness Von Haltz
Noel Madison ... Sculpie
Leon M. Lion ... Hambro Golding
Edmund Breon ... Tony Davenport (as Edmond Breon)
Jack Lester Jack Lester ... Boyne
Charles Heslop Charles Heslop ... Burdge
H.G. Stoker H.G. Stoker ... Supt. Benting
Henry B. Longhurst Henry B. Longhurst ... Insp. Lunt (as Henry Longhurst)
Ethel Griffies ... Annie
Edmund D'Alby Edmund D'Alby ... Lug (as Edmund Dalby)
Muriel George ... Mrs. Humbold
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Ducet
Fewlass Llewellyn Fewlass Llewellyn ... Weller
Hal Walters Hal Walters ... Smithy
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Jack Drake,a man with a hundred faces and in reality a modern-day Robin Hood known only as Crackerjack, thrills all England with his exploits of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. As a guest at a society party "Crackerjack" steals some valuable pearls, and the next day learns there has also been a hold-up at the party and a man killed. and Scotland Yard considers Crackerjack to be the leader of the killer-gang, and he realizes that someone is using his name to cover their own crimes. And sets out to prove it without having to disclose who he really is. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man with 100 Faces See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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At breakfast when Crackerjack tells his secretary to take down a reply to the small ad his monocle appears and disappears between shots. See more »

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Silly? Perhaps...but also a lot of fun.
12 May 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you combine Robin Hood with a communist, you'd get Jack Drake (Tom Walls)...a high-class crook who delights in stealing from the rich and giving to various deserving charities in Britain. Despite being a crook, however, you cannot help but like Drake and his exploits. The same can be said of Drake in the story...he cannot help but like his exploits as well...so much so that he wrote his memoires and had them published anonymously. Now, millions of Brits can read about 'Crackerjack' (his alter ego) and his brushes with the law.

While you might think that the police would be Crackerjack's worst enemies, there is a vicious gang who want to capture him even more. Why? Because twice during the course of the film he outsmarts them and steals jewels the gang intended to steal. To stop him, the gang recruits an innocent lady...the Baroness (Lilli Palmer). But once she realizes her mistake, can she alert Crackerjack before their wicked plan is enacted?

Tom Walls is a middle-aged man in the film and not especially handsome. However, despite this, he is mega-charming and easy to like....and it's a shame that very few these days have even heard of this excellent actor. My advice is watch the film....he's amazingly good in it and manages to make a somewhat ridiculous plot work...and work well.


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