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The Lone Wolf Strikes (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 26 January 1940 (USA)
Delia Jordan's father is murdered and some very valuable jewelry stolen. She hires Michael Lanyard (aka The Lone Wolf), a retired-and-reformed jewel thief to find the killer and the jewels.... See full summary »


Sidney Salkow


Harry Segall (screen play), Albert Duffy (screen play) | 2 more credits »


Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Michael Lanyard
Joan Perry ... Delia Jordan
Eric Blore ... Jamison
Alan Baxter ... Jim Ryder
Astrid Allwyn ... Binnie Weldon
Montagu Love ... Emil Gorlick
Robert Wilcox ... Ralph Bolton
Don Beddoe ... Conroy
Fred Kelsey ... Dickens (as Fred A. Kelsey)
Addison Richards ... Stanley Young
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Phillip Jordan
Harland Tucker Harland Tucker ... Alberts
George Lynn ... Dorgan (as Peter Lynn)
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Delia Jordan's father is murdered and some very valuable jewelry stolen. She hires Michael Lanyard (aka The Lone Wolf), a retired-and-reformed jewel thief to find the killer and the jewels. He is more than glad to do so, as it is just a matter of time before the police begin to suspect he was the guilty party. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HE'S T-N-T IN A TOP HAT...OR A WOMAN'S ARMS! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Did You Know?


Although the credits specify the story was based on a "work" by Louis Joseph Vance, no such work has been found. Only some of the characters in his novels were used in this story. See more »


When Lanyard is tying Gorlick up, the scarf he used for a gag was over Gorlick's mouth only. In the next scene, it was over both his nose and mouth. In the following scene, it was back over only his mouth. (These scenes started at approximately :30.) See more »


Followed by Counter-Espionage (1942) See more »

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Fast Paced Mystery
7 May 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Lone Wolf Strikes (1940)

*** (out of 4)

Fun entry in the series has a young woman (Joan Perry) have her father murdered and some expensive pearls stolen so Michael Lanyard (Warren William), aka The Lone Wolf, takes the case and uncovers several bad guys all wanting the jewels. This certainly isn't going to be mistaken for a classic but I think there's enough good stuff going on here to make it worth viewing to anyone who enjoys these older mystery series. As you'd expect, William is pitch-perfect in the lead because he has no trouble playing tough and a he certainly has no issue playing laid back, cool and he can deliver a one-liner when need be. All of those years working in various pre-codes for Warner really set William up good for a series like this because he can pretty much play anything. If a scene needs charm then he can deliver. If he needs to be tough then he can deliver that. William is certainly the main reason to watch the film as he keeps it moving at a very fast pace. The supporting cast includes a nice bit by Joan Perry as the rather obnoxious daughter who can't stay out of trouble and we also get Eric Blore playing the butler. The story itself is a pretty strong one as we're given a couple mysterious to be solved. The film starts going down one track but quickly changes as a second mystery comes up. At 67-minutes the film moves at a very fast pace and keeps the viewer guessing along the way.

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Release Date:

26 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Volta do Lobo Solitário See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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