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The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 27 January 1939 (USA)
A group of "spies" is after the plans for an anti-aircraft gun, and the leader uses the opportunity to embroil the Lone Wolf in the plot. Trying to settle an old score, this shady character... See full summary »


Peter Godfrey


Jonathan Latimer (screen play), Louis Joseph Vance (based upon a story by)




Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Michael Lanyard
Ida Lupino ... Val Carson
Rita Hayworth ... Karen
Virginia Weidler ... Patricia
Ralph Morgan ... Spiro
Tom Dugan ... Sergeant Devan
Don Beddoe ... Inspector Thomas
Leonard Carey ... Jameson
Ben Welden ... Jenks
Brandon Tynan ... Senator Carson
Helen Lynd ... Marie Templeton


A group of "spies" is after the plans for an anti-aircraft gun, and the leader uses the opportunity to embroil the Lone Wolf in the plot. Trying to settle an old score, this shady character implicates his old nemesis by forcing him to crack the safe where the plans are stored. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Although the literary source of the film was the unpublished script of Columbia's The Lone Wolf's Daughter (1929), the story was so completely changed it could hardly be considered a remake. See more »


When Gromar comes down the staircase, from the second floor, the burglar alarm goes off. He runs back upstairs to check out the alarm. As he does so, the Lone Wolf is standing on the ground outside the window watching him - even though Gromar is supposed to be on the second floor. See more »


Followed by The Lone Wolf (1954) See more »

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Warren Wolf
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Lone Wolf Spy Hunt, The (1939)

*** (out of 4)

The Lone Wolf made his film debut in 1917 but it wasn't until this film and Warren William stepped into the role that the character really took off. The former safecracker, Michael Lanyward, aka The Lone Wolf, has spies chasing him around Washington D.C., hoping that he'll help them get some government secrets dealing with an anti-aircraft gun. This is the first film I've seen of The Lone Wolf and it wasn't too bad of an experience. The film runs a fast paced 67-minutes and William is always worth watching. Ida Lupino steals the film as a woman who keeps hoping the Wolf will marry her. Some might find her annoying but that's part of her charm. Rita Hayworth plays the femme fatale with Ralph Morgan as a villain.

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Release Date:

27 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den ensomme Ulv går i fælden See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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