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The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Crime | 23 November 1940 (USA)
Complicated plot involving missing stamp collection and kidnapped businessman, with the Lone Wolf keeping one step ahead of the police in Havana trying to solve the crime and make a profit.

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Sidney Salkow

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Earl Felton (story), Sidney Salkow (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Michael Lanyard
Frances Robinson ... Patricia Lawrence
Bruce Bennett ... Scotty
Eric Blore ... Jamison
Thurston Hall ... Inspector Crane
Jed Prouty ... Captain Moon
Fred Kelsey ... Dickens
Don Beddoe ... Big Joe Brady
Lester Matthews ... Mr. Lee
Edward Gargan ... Chimp
Eddie Laughton Eddie Laughton ... Measles
Mary Servoss ... Mrs. Colby
Francis McDonald ... Santos the Portuguese
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Complicated plot involving missing stamp collection and kidnapped businessman, with the Lone Wolf keeping one step ahead of the police in Havana trying to solve the crime and make a profit. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Fiction's slickest scoundrel in his latest adventure! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lobo Entre Lobos See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although the credits specify the source of the screenplay was a "work" by Louis Joseph Vance, no novel by this name was ever published, nor did any of Vance's novels contain a similar plot. Only some of the characters are in other novels. See more »

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Follows The Lone Wolf Returns (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Down Argentina Way
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music in a restaurant
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Too Much Plot and Comedy, Not Enough Mystery
10 May 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date (1940)

** (out of 4)

Michael Lanyard (Warren William), aka The Lone Wolf, is in Havana trying to complete his stamp collection when he runs into a woman (Frances Robinson) who needs his help since her fiancé was convicted of a murder he didn't commit. That's the basic storyline here but it must be noted that there are at least four other stories going on as well and it really doesn't take too long to get confused on what's happening and then once you notice the screenplay isn't going to bother sorting any of it out, it's easy to just turn your brain off and get bored with the film. THE LONE WOLF KEEPS A DATE has a charming title and a good lead performance but that's pretty much all. I'm really confused as to what the film was trying to do unless there was some major studio editing going on before the thing was released. I say that because the actual mystery in the story seems to take a backseat to some silly comedy but what's most confusing is the way that so many subplots are thrown at us and for no apparent reason. Eric Blore as Jamison, Thurston Hall as Inspector Crane and Jed Prouty as Captain Moon are in charge of the comedy and I will admit that some of the banter early on was funny but after a while this too dries up and you're left with a bunch of comedy with no laughs. As you'd expect, William has no problem with his part as he can play cool and laid back in his sleep. Robinson makes for a good female lead but the screenplay doesn't do much for her. Fans of the series might want to check it out but everyone else should just stay clear.


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