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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 »

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Writers:

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

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 Brandon Tynan ... Senator Carson
Helen Lynd ... Marie Templeton
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Storyline

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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Big reward for proof the Lone Wolf stole Army plans! Bigger reward in entertainment! (original print ad) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den ensomme Ulv går i fælden See more »

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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the literary source of the film was the unpublished script of Columbia's The Lone Wolf's Daughter (1929), the story was so completely changed it could hardly be considered a remake.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

Goofs

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 »

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Follows The Lone Wolf (1924) See more »

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For a B-movie detective series, it's pretty good
20 March 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While no reasonable reviewer would give any B-detective series movie a score of 10 (after all, they were not exactly deep and they tended to focus much more on entertainment instead of originality), for such a film, this Lone Wolf film scores a bullseye. As far as quality and watchability goes, I would place it on par with the average Sherlock Holmes, Charlie Chan or Saint film of the era. In fact, in many ways, this film seems a lot like one of the Saint films because the hero is a reformed gentleman thief who investigates crimes for kicks--and chases women along the way. While the film starred Warren William, I could have just as easily imagined Tom Conway or George Sanders (from the Saint and Falcon detective series) playing the lead in this film. This isn't meant as a negative per se--it's a very familiar but also very satisfying formula.

Warren William was wonderful in the lead but he was also ably supported by a better than usual supporting cast. Having Ida Lupino AND Rita Hayworth playing the female leads was pretty amazing, as neither were exactly stars at the time and it was just a case of dumb luck in casting. In addition, the other supporting players all provided some needed depth to the film--something often lacking in B-movies.

As far as the plot goes, it was pretty interesting but also purely secondary--not at all unusual for this type of film. You certainly don't watch this type of film because of the finely crafted mystery, but more for the personalities and style. In many ways, this sort of film is like a warm and familiar pair of old shoes you put on after a long day at work.


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