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.
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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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
It's not the first time I've sent a thief to catch a thief.
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