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Language  English
Director  Jack Joseph Spence
Country  United States
The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date movie poster
Release date  January 1941
Based on  Lone Wolf  by Louis Joseph Vance

The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date (1941) is the sixth Lone Wolf film produced by Columbia Pictures. It features Warren William in his fourth appearance as the title character Lone Wolf, and Edward Gargan, Lester Matthews and Don Beddoe as the film's antagonists. The film was directed by Sidney Salkow and written by Salkow and Earl Felton.

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The film centres on former jewel thief Michael Lanyard, also known by his alias "Lone Wolf," aiming to recover his stamp collection as well as rescuing a damsel in distress. Filming took place in August and September 1940. The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date was theatrically released in the United States in January 1941.

Plot

After adding a rare Cuban stamp to his coveted collection and admonishing his butler Jamison (Eric Blore) for winning money in a rigged dice game in Havana, retired jewel thief and unofficial private detective Michael Lanyard (Warren William) (a/k/a "The Lone Wolf"), flies off to Miami, meeting gorgeous Patricia Lawrence (Frances Robinson) on board the flying boat. Initially reserved, Lawrence decides to confide in Lanyard about her troubles — one of her mail-sender boyfriend Scotty's (Bruce Bennett) clients was killed some time ago, after retaining Scotty to send a package stuffed with $100,000 in bank notes. Descending at the Miami airport, they are ambushed by kidnappers Chimp (Edward Gargan), Mr. Lee (Lester Matthews), employees of Big Joe Brady (Don Beddoe). The Lone Wolf swiftly outruns the criminals with Lawrence. He hides the retrieved stack of money in a hotel safe, but he's is discovered by Inspector Crane (Thurston Hall) and his annoyingly buffoonish assistant Detective Sergeant Wesley Dickens (Fred Kelsey), along with goofy Miami police Captain Moon (Jed Prouty). Lanyard evades capture and sets out to expose the three villains on his own. The detective also realizes that his prized stamp collection has also been swiped by Big Joe Brady. He manages to track them down and has the police arrest them. After myriad chases, double-crosses and switches, The Lone Wolf exonerates himself and mulls over missing an important philatelist's convention with his finally retrieved prize collection.

Cast

  • Warren William as Michael Lanyard
  • Frances Robinson as Patricia Lawrence
  • Bruce Bennett as Scotty
  • Eric Blore as Jamison
  • Thurston Hall as Inspector Crane
  • Jed Prouty as Captain Moon
  • Fred Kelsey as Dickens
  • Don Beddoe as Big Joe Brady
  • Lester Matthews as Mr. Lee
  • Edward Gargan as Chimp
  • Eddie Laughton as Measles
  • Mary Servoss as Mrs. Colby
  • Francis McDonald as Santos the Portuguese
  • Production

    The "Lone Wolf" title character was played by Warren William — his fourth time doing so. Eric Blore continued playing Lanyard's butler "Jamison." Although Walter Baldwin is listed in studio documents as playing a "Night watchman" in the film, he actually did not appear in it.

    Sidney Salkow served as director of the film for the production company and distributor Columbia Pictures, while Salkow and Earl Felton co-wrote the screenplay, based on the jewel-thief-turned-private-detective character created by Louis Joseph Vance (1879–1933) in a series of eight novels published between 1914 and 1934. Barney McGill signed on as cinematographer. Morris Stoloff headed the musical direction, and Richard Fantl edited the film. Principal photography by Barney McGill officially began on August 21, 1940, and ended in mid-September 1940.

    Release and Reception

    Through the release print lists the copyright date of "MCMXL" (1940), the film was officially released in North American cinemas in January 1941. It is alternatively referred to as Revenge of the Lone Wolf and Alias the Lone Wolf. In his 2010 book Mystery Movie Series of 1940s Hollywood, Ron Backer generously wrote that the film "is the best of the Warren William Lone Wolf movies" although "it seems to lack that certain something that made the earlier Lone Wolf movies so entertaining." He concluded that it made "a good entry in the Lone Wolf series, with less sexual violence this time round." In marked contrast, Leonard Maltin wrote for his Movie & Video Guide (1998) that the film was "listless."

    References

    The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date Wikipedia


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