The Lone Wolf in London

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The Lone Wolf in London
The Lone Wolf in London.jpg
Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Produced by Robert Cohn
Ted Richmond
Written by
Screenplay by
Based on Lone Wolf
by Louis Joseph Vance
Starring Gerald Mohr
Nancy Saunders
Eric Blore
Evelyn Ankers
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Cinematography Henry Freulich
Edited by Henry Batista
Production
company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distributed by Columbia Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • November 13, 1947 (1947-11-13)
Running time
68 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Lone Wolf in London is a 1947 American crime film directed by Leslie Goodwins and starring Gerald Mohr, Nancy Saunders and Eric Blore.[1] The picture features the fictional detective the Lone Wolf who travels to London, and solves the mystery of some missing jewels. It was the penultimate Lone Wolf film, followed by The Lone Wolf and His Lady in 1949, and the last for Mohr in the lead role.

Plot[edit]

In 1947, Inspector Garvey of Scotland Yard (Denis Green) suspects Michael Lanyard (Gerald Mohr), the reformed jewel thief known as "The Lone Wolf" is behind the theft of the priceless diamonds called the "Eyes of the Nile". Lanyard denies any involvement claiming that he is in London with his butler, Claudius Jamison (Eric Blore) to write a book on the jewels and was in New York when they were stolen.

Lanyard and Jamison are short of funds and when Ann Kelmscott (Nancy Saunders), the daughter of wealthy gem collector Sir John Kelmscott (Vernon Steele), invites them to the family estate, they agree. Sir John confides that he is in desperate need of money and asks Lanyard to arrange a confidential loan with part of his jewel collection as collateral. Jamison tells his master that Lily (Queenie Leonard), the maid, told him the butler, Henry Robards (Tom Stevenson), is heartbroken because his former wife, actress Iris Chatham (Evelyn Ankers), has run off with Monty Beresford (Alan Napier) who financed the lavish stage production that launched Iris to stardom.

Back at his hotel, Lanyard receives a call from Iris, inviting him to the theater that night where she asks him to stay away from the Kelmscotts. At her apartment, Robards begs her for a reconciliation, but she demands something first. Lanyard decides to accept Kelmscott's offer and arranges to meet Bruce Tang (Paul Fung), a gem dealer the next morning. Kelmscott gives Robards a packet of jewels to deliver to Lanyard but he steals the Eyes of the Nile for Iris. David Woolerton (Richard Fraser), Ann's fiancé, asks him for a ride because he wants to spy on Lanyard. At Tang's shop, Inspector Garvey has followed Lanyard. When Robards' car rolls to a stop, the butler is dead behind the wheel, the jewels still in his possession but the Eyes of the Nile are gone. Woolerton claims Robards pushed him out of the car on the outskirts, and said he suspects Lanyard was the murderer.

Lanyard thinks Kelmscott was being blackmailed by the thief who sold him the diamonds, and flees the police and proceeds to Iris' apartment. She has just persuaded Monty to get the diamonds from Lanyard. Lanyard and Monty struggle with Monty being subdued and told that Iris was about to flee with the famous Lone Wolf. At the theater, Lanyard discovers the diamonds are sewn into her mink coat but before he can leave her dressing room, Iris enters and admits that Robards had given her the diamonds. While Lanyard phones Jamison, Iris sneaks out an open window and heads to the airport to catch a flight out of the country.

At the airport, Lanyard confronts Iris and turns her over to the waiting Garvey but Monty arrives, wielding a gun and declaring Iris planned the entire robbery and then killed Robards for the diamonds. When Jamison brings Lily and Iris' mink, Lanyard extracts the Eyes of the Nile from the coat's linings, proving that Iris was the thief and murderer.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The Lone Wolf in London was directed by Leslie Goodwins[2] and was written by Brenda Weisberg and Arthur E. Orloff[3] Gerald Mohr was signed by Columbia Pictures to play the lead character in three films in the popular series: The Notorious Lone Wolf (1946) and The Lone Wolf in Mexico (1947), as well as The Lone Wolf in London.[4] The Lone Wolf in London marked the last Lone Wolf film in which Mohr starred as the title character. The film was followed up with The Lone Wolf and His Lady (1949) with a new lead actor, Ron Randell, after which Columbia decided to bring an end to the film series.[2] Principal photography commenced on May 19, 1946, and finished on May 29, 1947, taking place in studio settings at Columbia Pictures Corporation.[5] [3]

Reception[edit]

The Lone Wolf in London was theatrically released in the United States on November 13, 1947. The film was predictable B-movie fare at the box office but mainly relegated to the second feature in a double bill. Film critic Bosley Crowther did not even review the film, merely mentioning it in passing as appearing at the same time as The Lost Moment (1947). [6] [4]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In Passport to Suez (1943), Jamison was known as Llewellyn.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "The Lone Wolf in London (1947)." BFI. Retrieved: May 14, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Maltin et al. 2010, p. 385.
  3. ^ a b Blottner 2012, pp. 251–252.
  4. ^ a b Mayer 2012, p. 256.
  5. ^ Dunkleberger et al. 1971, p. 914.
  6. ^ Crowther, Bosley, The Screen: 'Lone Wolf in London' feature at Rialto." The New York Times, November 22, 1947.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Blottner, Gene. Columbia Pictures Movie Series, 1926-1955: The Harry Cohn Years. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2012. ISBN 978-0-7864-3353-7.
  • Dunkleberger, Amy, Patricia K. Hanson and Bill Ivey, eds. AFI Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 1999, first edition 1971. ISBN 978-0-520-21521-4.
  • Maltin, Leonard, Spencer Green and Rob Edelman. Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965. New York: Plume, 2010. ISBN 978-0-452-29577-3.
  • Mayer, Geoff. Historical Dictionary of Crime Films. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-8108-6769-7.

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