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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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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

The film was originally titled Colonel Rowan of Scotland Yard. 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

Lord Melrose: My dear, you know I don't like music.
Lady Melrose: And I don't like Cricket. But I don't take a nap in the middle of the playing field.
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Connections

Version of Raffles (1975) 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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A Light Romantic Caper That Weighs A Ton
14 July 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

"Raffles" has one thing going for it: Olivia De Havilland is beautiful and appealing. This was in the early phase of her career.. She made many movies in which she was saucy and as pretty as anyone else in Hollywood. Then she turned to serious roles. She did well at those also but in certain ways, these early trifles are fun.

Dame May Witty, a versatile character actress, is totally wasted. She plays a standard dithering dowager. Any of at least ten actresses at the time could have done as well.

What "Raffles" needed was the right director. Sam Wood was at the helm of many fine movies. But this is not his genre. Alfred Hitchock could have had fun with it. Imagine this movie with Cary Grant in the title role, directed by Hitchcock. (It might have been like "To Catch a Thief." The full axiom from which that tile is taken is quoted in "Raffles.") But Lubitsch would have been the best for it. He could have turned it into a soufflé' about class, criminals vs heroes. It's not a soufflé, though: It's a blintz.


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