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The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 27 January 1939 (USA)
A group of "spies" is after the plans for an anti-aircraft gun, and the leader uses the opportunity to embroil the Lone Wolf in the plot. Trying to settle an old score, this shady character... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Writers:

Jonathan Latimer (screen play), Louis Joseph Vance (based upon a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Michael Lanyard
Ida Lupino ... Val Carson
Rita Hayworth ... Karen
Virginia Weidler ... Patricia
Ralph Morgan ... Spiro
Tom Dugan ... Sergeant Devan
Don Beddoe ... Inspector Thomas
Leonard Carey ... Jameson
Ben Welden ... Jenks
Brandon Tynan ... Senator Carson
Helen Lynd ... Marie Templeton
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Storyline

A group of "spies" is after the plans for an anti-aircraft gun, and the leader uses the opportunity to embroil the Lone Wolf in the plot. Trying to settle an old score, this shady character implicates his old nemesis by forcing him to crack the safe where the plans are stored. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Taglines:

WANTED AS A SPY SUSPECT! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den ensomme Ulv går i fælden See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the literary source of the film was the unpublished script of Columbia's The Lone Wolf's Daughter (1929), the story was so completely changed it could hardly be considered a remake. See more »

Goofs

When Gromar comes down the staircase, from the second floor, the burglar alarm goes off. He runs back upstairs to check out the alarm. As he does so, the Lone Wolf is standing on the ground outside the window watching him - even though Gromar is supposed to be on the second floor. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady (1940) See more »

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"You know, you're really not old enough to be my father"
20 June 2007 | by keesha45See all my reviews

As a lover of old movies from the Golden Age of cinema (from talkies to television), it's always fun to discover talented people on both sides of the camera that never got the kind of recognition they deserved. One of these was Warren William, who this writer first noticed in THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK (1939.) Besides playing a Musketeer, his roles ranged from Julius Caesar to Perry Mason. Additionally, he played detectives Sam Spade, Philo Vance and the Lone Wolf, his most famous role. While the Lone Wolf series was never quite as good as the Thin Man's from all I've seen and read, this entry was entertaining for a good many reasons, most of all for having Rita Hayworth and Ida Lupino in the cast. Although a bit long in the tooth to be Ida's love interest (he was 45 when he made this picture, though he plays a 35-year old, which means he was really old enough to be Val Carson's dad, despite her line quoted above), he played the character with at least as much zest as William Powell imbued the Thin Man. Add to this some well-written and well-played supporting actors and you have a pretty fair crime/spy drama. It's not THE 39 STEPS, but it's still enjoyable to watch Michael Lanyard and gang in a mostly fine film series. Dale Roloff


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