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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 ... 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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Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It is believed that F. Scott Fitzgerald worked on the script and William Wyler helped with the direction, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. 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 (1905) 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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Very exciting double-life flick
21 March 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

With the amount of epic classics that were released in 1939, it's no wonder why lighter films from that year have been forgotten about. Raffles, while not worthy of any Academy Award nominations, is a very cute and entertaining movie.

David Niven stars as the title character, a wealthy and famous cricket player who moonlights as a burglar. There are several stealth scenes, and even though we know we shouldn't be rooting for the criminal, the fact that he's a compulsive thief rather than a desperate one makes us root for him instead of the police. Those scenes are quite suspenseful, so don't be surprised if you find yourself holding your breath until The Niv is home safe and sound.

There are lots of twists and turns in this movie, so I'll skimp on the plot overview so nothing will be ruined for you. It's much better if you experience it during the moment. This is a quick-paced, clever, romantic, classy, overlooked old movie that, had it been released in 1938 or 1940, might have become a classic. Check it out if you like heist movies, or if you like leading men with double lives and lots of secrets. You might get a new celebrity boyfriend from this movie!


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