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Raffles (1939)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 29 December 1939 (USA)
Man about town and First Class cricketer A.J. Raffles keeps himself solvent with daring robberies. Meeting Gwen from his schooldays and falling in love all over again, he spends the weekend... See full summary »

Directors:

Sam Wood, William Wyler (uncredited)

Writers:

John Van Druten (screenplay), Sidney Howard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Niven ... Raffles
Olivia de Havilland ... Gwen
May Whitty ... Lady Melrose (as Dame May Whitty)
Dudley Digges ... MacKenzie
Douglas Walton ... Bunny
E.E. Clive ... Barraclough
Lionel Pape ... Lord Melrose
Peter Godfrey ... Crawshay
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Maud Holden
Hilda Plowright Hilda Plowright ... Wilson
Gilbert Emery ... Bingham
Keith Hitchcock Keith Hitchcock ... Merton
Vesey O'Davoren Vesey O'Davoren ... Butler
George Cathrey George Cathrey ... Melrose Footman
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Storyline

Man about town and First Class cricketer A.J. Raffles keeps himself solvent with daring robberies. Meeting Gwen from his schooldays and falling in love all over again, he spends the weekend with her parents, Lord and Lady Melrose. A necklace presents an irresistible temptation, but also in attendance is Scotland Yard's finest, finally on the trail. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$86,600
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It is believed that F. Scott Fitzgerald worked on the script and William Wyler helped with the direction, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. See more »

Goofs

In the hansom cab, Raffles puts his arm behind Gwen above her shoulders, but in the next close-up shot of her, his arm isn't there. See more »

Quotes

Raffles: That's a very good coat, too.
MacKenzie: It's useful cover in an emergency.
Raffles: Well, that's worth remembering.
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Soundtracks

Fantaisie-Impromptu in C Sharp Minor, Op.66
(1834) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played by an unidentified pianist at the party
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Not bad at all, but also not nearly as good as it could have been
2 January 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Wow, I was really underwhelmed by this film. Despite starring David Niven and Olivia de Havilland, this was an amazingly uninspired film. After all, the story is about a rich society thief who is a champion cricket player--you'd think there'd be more action and exotic or fashionable locales. But, instead, the film is very, very stagnant and the majority of the action (such as it is) takes place in a manor home where Raffles is staying along with a few other rich swells. It was so turgid, that at times I found myself falling asleep. I kept waiting and hoping for a fist fight or SOMETHING, but instead the film was very talky and all so well-mannered. A very uninspired script with an abrupt and senseless ending as well as lackluster direction conspired to keep this film in the category of 'mediocre', but it's still watchable due to the screen presence of its stars--especially the always lovely Miss de Havilland.


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