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Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1925 film)

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Director  King Baggot
Cinematography  Charles J. Stumar
4.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, Drama, Crime
Distributor  Universal Studios
Country  United States
Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1925 film) movie poster
Language  Silent with English intertitles
Release date  May 24, 1925
Writer  E.W. Hornung (novel), Eugene Wiley Presbrey (play), Harvey F. Thew
Genres  Silent film, Romance Film, Adventure Film, Crime Fiction, Black-and-white
Cast  House Peters (Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman), Miss DuPont (Gwendolyn Amersteth), Hedda Hopper (Mrs. Clarice Vidal), Fred Esmelton (Capt. Bedford), Walter Long (Crawshay), Winter Hall (Lord Amersteth)
Similar movies  The Hand (1981)

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Raffles (1925) is a feature length silent adventure crime drama/romance motion picture starring House Peters, Miss DuPont, Hedda Hopper, Fred Esmelton and Walter Long.


Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1925 film) Raffles the Amateur Cracksman Wikipedia

Directed by King Baggot and produced by Carl Laemmle's Universal Pictures, the screenplay was adapted by Harvey F. Thew from the play by Eugene W. Presbrey and the 1899 novel, The Amateur Cracksman, by E.W. Hornung.


Raffles (played by House Peters) is an English gentleman with a secret lifeā€”he is the notorious jewel thief known as "The Amateur Cracksman." While sailing from India to England accompanied by his friend, Bunny Manners (played by Freeman Wood), it is rumored that the infamous cracksman is aboard ship. Raffles warns a lady passenger to keep an eye on her necklace, which is stolen soon afterward. Although a search reveals no evidence, the necklace is returned upon reaching London.

Lord Amersteth (played by Winter Hall) and his wife, Lady Amersteth (played by Kate Lester), are having a party at their home and Raffles attends. Another guest, noted criminologist Captain Bedford (played by Fred Esmelton), makes the assertion that a very valuable string of pearls cannot be stolen. Encouraged by this, Raffles steals it.

He has also stolen the heart of Gwendolyn Amersteth (played by Miss DuPont), the daughter of his hosts. Capt. Bedford finally captures him, but he escapes with Gwendolyn's help and they run away to be married. Raffles returns the pearls and promises to retire from being a burglar.


  • House Peters as Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman
  • Miss DuPont as Gwendolyn Amersteth
  • Hedda Hopper as Mrs. Clarice Vidal
  • Fred Esmelton as Capt. Bedford
  • Walter Long as Crawshay
  • Winter Hall as Lord Amersteth
  • Kate Lester as Lady Amersteth
  • Freeman Wood as Bunny Manners
  • Roland Bottomley as Lord Crowley
  • Lillian Langdon as Mrs. Tilliston
  • Robert Bolder as Mr. Tilliston
  • References

    Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1925 film) Wikipedia
    Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1925 film) IMDb Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1925 film)

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