Raffles is visited by his old school chum, Bunny Manders, who has fallen on hard times. Penniless himself, Raffles comes up with a scheme to pay off Bunny's gambling debt by getting the money from the most obvious source--a plot that launches the duo into a life of crime.
Did You Know?
The story of "The First Step" is based partly on the very first Raffles story by E. W. Hornung, "The Ides of March", as well as loosely on the first story of the third book, "Out of Paradise" (also known as "A Thief in the Night"), where Bunny is caught red-handed by his ex-fiancée. However, the title is borrowed from another story in The Amateur Cracksman - "Le Premier Pas" - and the trick Raffles performs at the end originally appears in "A Jubilee Present". See more
A Bird in a Gilded Cage
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Arthur J. Lamb See more