Michael Lanyard (Gerald Mohr) is suspected of stealing two fabulous diamonds from a vault in Scotland Yard, where they were being held for safekeeping, but the Yard can't prove he did it. ...
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Michael Lanyard (Gerald Mohr) is suspected of stealing two fabulous diamonds from a vault in Scotland Yard, where they were being held for safekeeping, but the Yard can't prove he did it. Later, Lanyard is summoned by a member of the nobility to help the latter raise money to pay a blackmailer. Lanyard later finds evidence to reveal the diamonds as having been stolen by a famous stage star.Written by
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You really have to feel sorry for poor old Gerald Mohr in being cast as Michael Lanyard ("The Lone Wolf"). Sure, his three Lone Wolf films were entertaining, but because the role had been played so long and so well by Warren William, many fans (including myself) longed for him in this film. Why Columbia did not use William is unknown to me--as William made movies through 1947 before dying of cancer and Mohr began making the films in 1946. Perhaps William was too sick for the strain of the role or maybe the studio was stupid in thinking the public would embrace another actor or perhaps William himself just wanted a change. So at the onset, I was NOT favorably disposed towards the film but at least it did still have Eric Blore--William's old side-kick.
In this film we find Lanyard in London doing some research for a book on gems. Uncharacteristically, though, he is practically broke--something you would not expect as his character always seemed to be independently wealthy. And when, not surprisingly, some gems are stolen, the stupid British police automatically assume Lanyard did it and ignore all other possible leads. This is nothing new--something that has occurred in many previous Wolf AND Boston Blackie films. In fact, without William's charm and style, this film seems more like a Blackie film than anything else. That is, a Blackie film with Eric Blore.
So overall, the film is a bit flat and offers nothing uniquely good but it's also inoffensive and palatable--sort of like white rice. Worth a look, but don't assume most other Lone Wolf films are of similar quality and possessing so little energy or charm.
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