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Arsène Lupin (1932)

A detective is tasked to capture an elusive thief called Arsene Lupin.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Maurice Leblanc (play) (as Maurice Le Blanc), Francis de Croisset (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Duke of Charmerace
Lionel Barrymore ... Guerchard
Karen Morley ... Sonia
John Miljan ... Prefect of Police
Tully Marshall ... Gaston Gourney-Martin
Henry Armetta ... Sheriff's Man
George Davis ... Sheriff's Man
John Davidson ... Gourney-Martin's Butler
James T. Mack James T. Mack ... Laurent (as James Mack)
Mary Jane Irving ... Marie
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Storyline

A charming and very daring thief known as Arsene Lupin is terrorizing the wealthy of Paris, he even goes so far as to threaten the Mona Lisa. But the police, led by the great Guerchard, think they know Arsene Lupin's identity, and they have a secret weapon to catch him. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Crime | Mystery | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arsene Lupin, der König der Diebe See more »

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Budget:

$433,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The selling point at the time of the film's release was the first joint screen appearance of brothers John and Lionel Barrymore. Their chemistry was so strong that they would be co-assigned four more times by MGM in the next two years, in Grand Hotel (1932), Rasputin and the Empress (1932), Night Flight (1933), and Dinner at Eight (1933), the last of which gave them no scenes together. Rasputin and the Empress (1932) marked the only time that all three Barrymore siblings - Lionel, Ethel and John - appeared in the same film. See more »

Goofs

After Guerchard gets a description of the suspect and is told there are five hobnails in the right heel, he asks to look at the cast of the shoe. After looking at it briefly, he says he will take the cast of the footprint too. However, when he leaves, he takes only the cast of the footprint. See more »

Quotes

Sonia: [to Chamerace, who has entered his bedroom to find her naked in his bed] Stay out of here. Stay out of here!
Arsène Lupin: How do you do?
Sonia: Close that door!
Arsène Lupin: Certainly.
[closes door, staying inside the room]
Sonia: Won't you please go?
Arsène Lupin: Certainly. But first, let me ask, how do you like my bed?
Sonia: Well, I didn't mean to, really. I was cold.
Arsène Lupin: Oh, yes, it is a cold night for May. However, don't you think Paris is charming in the spring?
Sonia: Well, I prefer Russia. You see, I come from there.
[...]
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Version of The Adventures of Arsène Lupin (1957) See more »

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And Then Your Lips Met Mine
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Bravo To The Brothers Barrymore
23 March 2004 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A cranky police detective suspects a French duke of being the infamous thief ARSÈNE LUPIN.

John & Lionel Barrymore costarred together for the first time in a motion picture in this intriguing crime drama. Alike and yet so different, they are the perfect counterpoint to each other. John plays his role with suave sophistication (when not in disguise) and Lionel is earthy & common in his portrayal, each obviously having a wonderful time trying to out act the other. Helped by a generous script, the outcome is pretty much a draw, with the viewer the clear winner.

Although upstaged by the two male stars, Karen Morley is intriguing as the mystery woman John finds naked in his bed. Tully Marshall gives a colorful performance as a silly nobleman with much to lose to the master criminal. Henry Armetta & George Davis are very enjoyable as two seriously inept security guards. John Miljan provides a sturdy presence in his small role as the police prefect.

Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited Mischa Auer as a guide in the Louvre during the climactic scene dealing with an attempted heist of the Mona Lisa.


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