The Lone Wolf in Mexico

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The Lone Wolf in Mexico
The lone wolf in mexico poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by D. Ross Lederman
Screenplay by Martin Goldsmith
Maurice Tombragel
Story by Phil Magee
Starring Gerald Mohr
Eric Blore
Cinematography Allen Ciegler
Edited by William Lyon
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • January 16, 1947 (1947-01-16) (United States)
Running time
69 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Lone Wolf in Mexico is a 1947 black-and-white mystery-action film directed by D. Ross Lederman for Columbia Pictures. It features Gerald Mohr as the title character, detective Lone Wolf. Chronologically the second-to-last Lone Wolf film in Columbia's theatrical series, it was followed by The Lone Wolf and His Lady (1949).


Former jewel looter Michael Lanyard (The Lone Wolf), who has since been working as a private investigator, is accused of murdering Leon, a Mexican casino operative at the El Paseo joint. This incident is succeeded by another murder, this time of Sharon, a jeweller's spouse and gambling addict. The Lone Wolf seeks to clear his name by tracking the mastermind down once and for all. Before he can, he is arrested but manages to escape. The film ends with a largely unresolved mystery.


The film was directed by D. Ross Lederman[1] and was written by Martin Goldsmith, Maurice Tombragel and Phil Magee.[2] After a sickly Warren Williams decided to discontinue playing the title detective Michael Landyard, also known as Lone Wolf, Gerald Mohr was roped in by Columbia Pictures, the producer and the distributor, to play the character. With The Notorious Lone Wolf (1946) and The Lone Wolf in London (1947) as predecessors,[3] The Lone Wolf in Mexico marked the third and last Lone Wolf film in which Mohr starred as the title character.[1] Principal photography commenced on September 4, 1946, and finished on September 18, 1946,[2] taking place in Mexico.[4] While still a work-in-progress, the film was referred to by the title of The Lone Wolf's Invitation to Murder.[2]


The Lone Wolf in Mexico was theatrically released in the United States on January 16, 1947. It was written to be a "hit" at the box office. The film was still screening in American cinemas up till at least July 21, 1947.[5] It was followed up with The Lone Wolf and His Lady (1949), after which Columbia decided to bring an end to the film series.[3] The Blockbusters Entertainment Guide to Movies and Videos 1999 found the film to be only "so-so" in standard.[6]


  1. ^ a b Leonard Maltin; Spencer Green; Rob Edelman (27 January 2010). Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965. Plume. pp. 385–. ISBN 978-0-452-29577-3. 
  2. ^ a b c Gene Blottner (2012). Columbia Pictures Movie Series, 1926-1955: The Harry Cohn Years. McFarland. pp. 248–. ISBN 978-0-7864-3353-7. 
  3. ^ a b Geoff Mayer (2012). Historical Dictionary of Crime Films. Scarecrow Press. pp. 256–. ISBN 978-0-8108-6769-7. 
  4. ^ AFI Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States. University of California Press. 1971. pp. 914–. ISBN 978-0-520-21521-4. 
  5. ^ "Theatre Time Clock". St. Petersburg Times. July 22, 1947. pp. 11–. 
  6. ^ Blockbuster Entertainment Guide to Movies and Videos 1999. Island Books. 1998. p. 717. ISBN 978-0-440-22598-0. 

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