Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman

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For other film versions, see Raffles (1925 film), Raffles (1930 film) and Raffles (1939 film)
Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman
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1917 theatrical poster
Directed by George Irving
Produced by L. Lawrence Weber
Written by Anthony P. Kelly (scenario)
Based on The Amateur Cracksman 
by E. W. Hornung
Starring John Barrymore
Evelyn Brent
Frank Morgan
Mike Donlin
Christine Mayo
Cinematography Harry B. Harris
Hyclass Producing Company
L. Lawrence Weber Photo Dramas
Distributed by Hiller & Wilk (on State's Rights basis)
Release dates
  • December 1917 (1917-12)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States

Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman is a 1917 silent film starring John Barrymore and Evelyn Brent. The movie also co-stars Frank Morgan and Mike Donlin, and was directed by George Irving.[1]


AJ Raffles, a handsome jewel thief masquerades as a gentleman of society fitting in with well-to-do people. He dons a mask and waits for an opportune moment to steal belongings, usually some jewelry and to take advantage of unsuspecting women whether at an estate or aboard a passenger ship. Raffles knows secret passageways to aid his escape from capture such as disappearing into a large grandfather clock that is really a secret doorway. He even eludes capture by jumping off a ship and swimming to shore while women passengers fire pistols at him.

The film is set in England and was filmed in Livingston, Staten Island, NY. There are scenes filmed at the Staten Island Cricket Club.



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