Raffles (1939 film)
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|Directed by||Sam Wood|
|Produced by||Samuel Goldwyn|
|Written by||E. W. Hornung (novel)
John Van Druten
Olivia de Havilland
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|December 29, 1939|
Sidney Howard wrote the screenplay for the 1930 version, died in 1939, and was given credit as co-author of the screenplay with John Van Druten. F. Scott Fitzgerald may also have worked on the script, but this is unconfirmed.
Man about town and First Class cricketer A.J. Raffles keeps himself solvent with daring robberies. Meeting Gwen from his schooldays and falling in love all over again, he spends the weekend with her parents, Lord and Lady Melrose. A necklace presents an irresistible temptation, but also in attendance is Scotland Yard's finest, finally on the trail.
- David Niven as A. J. Raffles
- Olivia de Havilland as Gwen Manders
- Dame May Whitty as Lady Kitty Melrose
- Dudley Digges as Inspector Mackenzie
- Douglas Walton as Bunny Manders
- E.E. Clive as Barraclough
- Lionel Pape as Lord George Roselle
- Peter Godfrey as Harry Crawshay
- Leyland Hodgson as Bobby
Raffles was released, along with the 1930 Ronald Colman version, on a 2014 Warner Archive Collection double feature disc. Paul Mavis, writing for DVDTalk.com, wrote, "Directed (mostly) by Sam Wood, Raffles scenes--lifted ones [from the 1930 version] and new ones--are awkwardly set-up and executed compared to director George Fitzmaurice's simple yet elegant 1930 design. With the moodiness and atmospherically dark lighting of the 1930 version swapped here for an over-bright, blown-out look, the chipper tone here is strangely contrasted by some of the most atrocious editing I've ever seen in a major Hollywood studio movie from this time period. A dulled, surprisingly choppy disappointment."
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