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Raffles (1939)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 29 December 1939 (USA)
Man about town and First Class cricketer A.J. Raffles keeps himself solvent with daring robberies. Meeting Gwen from his schooldays and falling in love all over again, he spends the weekend... See full summary »

Directors:

Sam Wood, William Wyler (uncredited)

Writers:

John Van Druten (screenplay), Sidney Howard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Niven ... Raffles
Olivia de Havilland ... Gwen
May Whitty ... Lady Melrose (as Dame May Whitty)
Dudley Digges ... MacKenzie
Douglas Walton ... Bunny
E.E. Clive ... Barraclough
Lionel Pape Lionel Pape ... Lord Melrose
Peter Godfrey ... Crawshay
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Maud Holden
Hilda Plowright Hilda Plowright ... Wilson
Gilbert Emery ... Bingham
Keith Hitchcock Keith Hitchcock ... Merton
Vesey O'Davoren Vesey O'Davoren ... Butler
George Cathrey George Cathrey ... Melrose Footman
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Storyline

Man about town and First Class cricketer A.J. Raffles keeps himself solvent with daring robberies. Meeting Gwen from his schooldays and falling in love all over again, he spends the weekend with her parents, Lord and Lady Melrose. A necklace presents an irresistible temptation, but also in attendance is Scotland Yard's finest, finally on the trail. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caballero y ladrón See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$86,600, 17 January 1940
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events depicted in this photoplay are entirely fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual events is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

In the hansom cab, Raffles puts his arm behind Gwen above her shoulders, but in the next close-up shot of her, his arm isn't there. See more »

Quotes

Barraclough: From the tenor of the conversation, with your permission sir, I should say that you've met a lady. "The" lady.
Raffles: Barraclough, you're positively psychic.
Barraclough: Thank you, sir. Are you contemplating marriage?
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Connections

Version of Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1917) See more »

Soundtracks

Fantaisie-Impromptu in C Sharp Minor, Op.66
(1834) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played by an unidentified pianist at the party
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Misses a great Opportunity
25 August 2004 | by dougandwinSee all my reviews

If ever there was a film that should have been a lot better, it is the 1940 version of "Raffles" - excellently cast is David Niven as the Gentleman cracksman, and with Olivia de Havilland (at her loveliest) as his girl-friend Gwen, with two excellent supporting players in Dame May Whitty and Dudley Digges. Lasting only just over an hour, it misses a wonderful opportunity to make something really exciting and suspenseful, but on those scores it fails. The predictability of it is a real let-down, and really the talent of the two main stars are wasted - Miss de Havilland has absolutely nothing to do except sit around and look gorgeous - she must have been forced by Warners to do this on loan out, because it followed so soon after her big success in "Gone With The Wind".


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