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Raffles (1930)

A distinguished English gentleman has a secret life--he is the notorious jewel thief the press has dubbed "The Amateur Cracksman". When he meets a woman and falls in love he decides to "... See full summary »

Directors:

George Fitzmaurice, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast (uncredited)

Writers:

Sidney Howard, E.W. Hornung (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... A.J. Raffles
Kay Francis ... Gwen
David Torrence ... Inspector McKenzie
Frederick Kerr ... Lord Harry Melrose (as Frederic Kerr)
Bramwell Fletcher ... Bunny
John Rogers John Rogers ... Crawshaw
Wilson Benge Wilson Benge ... Barraclough
Alison Skipworth ... Lady Kitty Melrose
Frances Dade ... Ethel Crowley
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Storyline

A distinguished English gentleman has a secret life--he is the notorious jewel thief the press has dubbed "The Amateur Cracksman". When he meets a woman and falls in love he decides to "retire" from that life, but an old friend comes to him with a predicament that entails him committing one last job. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Silk Hat Sinner! A Suave Love Saint! The cavalier of crime, the most fascinating character Ronald Coleman has played! An amateur cracksman- but an expert in love! (Print Ad-Rhinebeck Gazette, ((Rhinebeck, NY)) 20 September 1930)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herr Raffles gör visit See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was remade nine years later, as Raffles (1939), starring David Niven. For the remake, Sidney Howard's screenplay was reworked by John Van Druten. Samuel Goldwyn produced both movies, and Gregg Toland served as Director of Photography on both films. See more »

Goofs

His lordship demonstrates his alarm system to his male dinner guests, noting with it engaged, the alarm goes off if any window opens (one would also assume, the doors). Later that evening, after shutting off the alarm, Raffles catches a real thief, makes a deal to hand over his booty, and help him escape from the house. The police detective notices the open window, closes it and resets the alarm, seconds before the real thief and Raffles opens the window. The alarm goes off and a chase ensues. As they apprehend the thief, we're shown one of the bedrooms with windows open and curtains blowing in the breeze. If the alarm is triggered by any open window, these windows should have been closed. And with the threat of robbery that night, all the windows would have been closed and locked. See more »

Quotes

Inspector McKenzie: It's not the first time I've sent a thief to catch a thief.
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Alternate Versions

This film was made simultaneously in silent and talking versions. With almost of the theaters in the USA wired for sound, this was to be the last film that Samuel Goldwyn produced in this manner. See more »

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better than the 1939 version
27 November 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ronald Colman is "Raffles," a gentleman burglar who wants to retire but can only manage to do it for a couple of hours. Colman's costar is Kay Francis as Raffles' lady friend Gwen, and Bramwell Fletcher plays Bunny, a young man Raffles wants to help.

In the 1939 version, maybe because of the code, Raffles is a Robin Hood type who robs for the excitement and fun of it but then helps someone in need with the money or returns the merchandise. In this version, he steals, period, and in fact presents Gwen with a bracelet from one of his crimes. This film skips the whole beginning of the '39 film showing Raffles' acts of kindness, but the rest of the story is the same. Raffles decides to retire and start life anew with Gwen, but his friend Bunny shows up with a gambling problem and needs to cover a 1000 pound check by Monday. Raffles, alas, needs to do one more job.

Ronald Colman is delightful as Raffles, dashing, charming, and handsome as he cleverly attempts to escape the clutches of Scotland Yard. It's a wonderful role for him, as it was for David Niven in 1939. Kay Francis is wasted but is a good match for Coleman.

Fun film with a fine performance by Colman.


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