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The Lone Wolf Strikes (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 26 January 1940 (USA)
Delia Jordan's father is murdered and some very valuable jewelry stolen. She hires Michael Lanyard (aka The Lone Wolf), a retired-and-reformed jewel thief to find the killer and the jewels.... See full summary »

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Sidney Salkow

Writers:

Harry Segall (screen play), Albert Duffy (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Michael Lanyard
Joan Perry ... Delia Jordan
Eric Blore ... Jamison
Alan Baxter ... Jim Ryder
Astrid Allwyn ... Binnie Weldon
Montagu Love ... Emil Gorlick
Robert Wilcox ... Ralph Bolton
Don Beddoe ... Conroy
Fred Kelsey ... Dickens (as Fred A. Kelsey)
Addison Richards ... Stanley Young
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Phillip Jordan
Harland Tucker Harland Tucker ... Alberts
George Lynn ... Dorgan (as Peter Lynn)
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Storyline

Delia Jordan's father is murdered and some very valuable jewelry stolen. She hires Michael Lanyard (aka The Lone Wolf), a retired-and-reformed jewel thief to find the killer and the jewels. He is more than glad to do so, as it is just a matter of time before the police begin to suspect he was the guilty party. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crashing FORTRESS of CRIME...and a WOMAN'S HEART! (original print ad) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Volta do Lobo Solitário See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the credits specify the story was based on a "work" by Louis Joseph Vance, no such work has been found. Only some of the characters in his novels were used in this story. See more »

Goofs

When Lanyard is tying Gorlick up, the scarf he used for a gag was over Gorlick's mouth only. In the next scene, it was over both his nose and mouth. In the following scene, it was back over only his mouth. (These scenes started at approximately :30.) See more »

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Followed by The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941) See more »

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Strikingly good
31 December 2006 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This was William Warren's 2nd outing as Michael Lanyard the Lone Wolf with the eternal butler Eric Blore in for his 1st of many. It's another pleasant mystery-adventure, with fairly high Columbia production values and a generally light-hearted approach.

Girls father is murdered and has valuable pearl necklace stolen, girl enrols Lanyard to help and they both seem keener to find the pearls than the murderers. At first anyway, when their close mutual friend is also murdered it suddenly gets serious. With many wonderful gurnings by Blore, laconic wit from William and decoration from inquisitive Joan Perry it races along to the satisfactory climax. Favourite bit: Lanyard's fond encounter with his old friend (?) Emil Gorlic (played by Montagu Love) in his hotel room. Lanyard's passion for his extensive aquarium in his living room was I'm glad to relate, short-lived, and by the way the disputed elaborate balcony from Spy Hunt is here too, again on the 1st floor this time at the house of one of the baddies.

If you like the genre as I do - nice work by all concerned, if you don't - shame you wasted your time.


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