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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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Taglines:

Mad ADVENTURE! Gay INTRIGUE! (original print ad)

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Más lobo que todos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures 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

As the creator of the Lone Wolf character, Louis Joseph Vance must be accredited whether or not a story line conforms to one of his novels. See more »

Goofs

When Lanyard opens the door between his hotel room and the next, there is a deadbolt lock above the door knob. However, on the edge of the door, there is no corresponding bolt or plate - a shortcut often used by set carpenters. See more »

Connections

Follows The Lone Wolf's Daughter (1929) See more »

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A Special Train Car
17 December 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

There was a bit more comedy in this film from The Lone Wolf Series. The Lone Wolf as played by Warren William and his valet Jamison who is Eric Blore after being innocently trapped in a device to discourage bank robbers bet Inspector Thurston Hall that they can't go 24 hours without getting in some kind of trouble. That's a stupid bet on William's part because this whole series is The Lone Wolf getting into all kinds of scrapes and the police not believing he's gone legitimate.

This time trouble comes in the form of private detective Regis Toomey being shot and falling nine stories to his death outside William's hotel room. Toomey was on a case involving a gang trying to rob a newly designed train car invented by Lloyd Bridges. It opens with a combination and an attempt to break in without knowing the combination will result in poison gas killing you. A bit extreme I think, but the first cargo this car is carrying is treasury plates and lots of crooks would like to get their hands on those.

It's the usual run of things for William and Blore trying to catch the crooks in this case a gang led by Henry Wilcoxon and Walter Kingsford and trying to stay a step ahead of the cops who always think William is the bad guy. It's not much of a challenge in the case of Fred Kelsey who is Thurston Hall's sidekick and the butt of every gag in the film. Kelsey is one of those dumb flatfoots who graduated from the Keystone Police Academy and it's almost cruel what William and Blore do to him in every film.

Fans of the Lone Wolf series and Warren William should definitely like The Lone Wolf Takes A Chance. Incidentally he does lose the bet and pays off, sort of.


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