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The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery | 6 March 1941 (USA)
The Lone Wolf Michael Lanyard takes Inspector Crane's challenge that he can't keep out of trouble for 24 hours. No sooner accepted when Lanyard is sucked into a case of murder and ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Salkow

Writers:

Earl Felton (story), Sidney Salkow (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Michael Lanyard
June Storey ... Gloria Foster
Henry Wilcoxon ... Frank Jordan
Eric Blore ... Jamison
Thurston Hall ... Inspector Crane
Don Beddoe ... Sheriff Haggerty
Evalyn Knapp ... Evelyn Jordan
Fred Kelsey ... Dickens
William Forrest ... Vic Hilton
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Hooper Tupman
Lloyd Bridges ... Johnny Baker
Ben Taggart ... Train Conductor
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Storyline

The Lone Wolf Michael Lanyard takes Inspector Crane's challenge that he can't keep out of trouble for 24 hours. No sooner accepted when Lanyard is sucked into a case of murder and kidnapping in which he is sole suspect. Lanyard pursues the perpetrators, a gang of cunning thieves with engraving plates belonging to the U.S. Treasury, even as he is being hunted by police. Written by John Paul FD Morris

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Mad ADVENTURE! Gay INTRIGUE! (original print ad)

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Más lobo que todos See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is not the first movie in which Warren William and Henry Wilcoxon were at odds. In "Cleopatra" (1934), William played Julius Caesar and Wilcoxon Marc Antony. See more »

Goofs

Two different steam locomotives are show pulling the train at different times on the trip - numbers 2445 and 2447. See more »

Connections

Followed by Passport to Suez (1943) See more »

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fun caper
20 December 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This Lone Wolf adventure starts out with a bet between Michael Lanyard, the Wolf (Warren William) and Inspector Crane (Thurston Hall) that Lanyard can't stay out of trouble for 24 hours. Guess who wins. A private detective (Regis Toomey) falls nine stories outside Lanyard's hotel room. The detective was working on a case involving a special train car designed by Johnny Baker (Lloyd Bridges) that is holding treasury plates and can't be broken into.

Everyone, of course, thinks Lanyard is the bad guy though he's on the side of right as he and his butler Jamison (Eric Blore) enter the case, which involves murder and kidnapping. The film has a neat sequence on a train as Lanyard works to save the day.

Nice entry into the series, with Warren William his usual laid back self and Eric Blore adding a lot of humor. Recommended.


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