The Lone Wolf in Mexico (1947)

69 mins | Drama | 16 January 1947

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HISTORY

The working title for this film was The Lone Wolf's Invitation to Murder . This film marked actor Gerald Mohr's third and final appearance as "The Lone Wolf," and Eric Blore's last appearance as "Jamison." For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt , in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

The working title for this film was The Lone Wolf's Invitation to Murder . This film marked actor Gerald Mohr's third and final appearance as "The Lone Wolf," and Eric Blore's last appearance as "Jamison." For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt , in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.2563. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Jan 1947.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Feb 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Sep 46
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Sep 46
p. 16.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Jan 1947.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set des
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd tech
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character created by Louis Joseph Vance.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
The Lone Wolf's Invitation to Murder
Release Date:
16 January 1947
Production Date:
4 September--18 September 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
16 January 1947
Copyright Number:
LP851
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
69
Length(in feet):
6,197
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
11985
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Michael Lanyard, a reformed jewel thief also known as the notorious "Lone Wolf," arrives in Mexico City with his kleptomaniac valet, Jamison, to begin a vacation. Soon after checking into the Casa El Rey Hotel, Michael reunites with Liliane Dumont, a fellow thief he knows from Paris. Liliane invites Michael and Jamison to join her and the wealthy Mrs. Van Weir for dinner at the El Paseo club, a private casino where Liliane's husband Leon works as a croupier. After dinner, Mrs. Van Weir introduces Michael to Mr. Henderson, the owner of the El Paseo. Meanwhile, on the casino floor, Sharon Montgomery, daughter of jewel merchant Charles Montgomery, loses heavily at the roulette wheel and tries unsuccessfully to get a loan from Henderson. Jamison later steals Sharon's jeweled compact, and although Sharon witnesses the theft, she deliberately ignores it. In the casino garden, Leon is about to propose a partnership deal with Michael when a shot rings out and Leon is killed. The following day, Sharon tells Michael that the jewels she used as collateral belong to her father, and asks him to break into Henderson's safe and steal them back for her. When Michael refuses Sharon's request, she threatens to report Jamison to the police for stealing her compact. Blackmailed into accepting Sharon's demand, Michael goes to Henderson's and breaks into his safe. While examining the jewels, however, Michael discovers that some of them have been replaced by fakes. Michael gives Sharon the jewels nevertheless, but later steals them back and returns them to Henderson's safe. The next day, while reading about the Montgomery jewel theft in the newspaper, Henderson realizes that the ... +


Michael Lanyard, a reformed jewel thief also known as the notorious "Lone Wolf," arrives in Mexico City with his kleptomaniac valet, Jamison, to begin a vacation. Soon after checking into the Casa El Rey Hotel, Michael reunites with Liliane Dumont, a fellow thief he knows from Paris. Liliane invites Michael and Jamison to join her and the wealthy Mrs. Van Weir for dinner at the El Paseo club, a private casino where Liliane's husband Leon works as a croupier. After dinner, Mrs. Van Weir introduces Michael to Mr. Henderson, the owner of the El Paseo. Meanwhile, on the casino floor, Sharon Montgomery, daughter of jewel merchant Charles Montgomery, loses heavily at the roulette wheel and tries unsuccessfully to get a loan from Henderson. Jamison later steals Sharon's jeweled compact, and although Sharon witnesses the theft, she deliberately ignores it. In the casino garden, Leon is about to propose a partnership deal with Michael when a shot rings out and Leon is killed. The following day, Sharon tells Michael that the jewels she used as collateral belong to her father, and asks him to break into Henderson's safe and steal them back for her. When Michael refuses Sharon's request, she threatens to report Jamison to the police for stealing her compact. Blackmailed into accepting Sharon's demand, Michael goes to Henderson's and breaks into his safe. While examining the jewels, however, Michael discovers that some of them have been replaced by fakes. Michael gives Sharon the jewels nevertheless, but later steals them back and returns them to Henderson's safe. The next day, while reading about the Montgomery jewel theft in the newspaper, Henderson realizes that the jewels reported missing are the ones that Sharon gave him. Michael is questioned about the theft by a friend, Police Commissioner Carlos Rodriguez, but he provides the commissioner with an airtight alibi. A short time later, Sharon accuses Henderson of stealing her father's jewels, and threatens to report him to the police unless he gives her more gambling money. Henderson gives Sharon more money, but she is later found murdered in the garden. Michael is arrested and charged with the murder, but Carlos, believing that his friend is innocent, secretly sets him free. After discovering that Henderson is using a rigged roulette wheel to fleece his customers, Michael and Jamison break into the casino and replace the secret buttons that control the wheel with one of their own. The following night, Mrs. Van Weir, with the help of Michael and Jamison, wins back enough money from the casino to repay her debt to Henderson. Henderson, who had hoped to get Mrs. Van Weir so far in debt that she would be forced to turn over her expensive pendant, decides to steal the pendant instead. Later that evening, Liliane, who is in league with Henderson, accompanies Michael and Mrs. Van Weir on their drive home. En route, Michael tells Liliane that he knows that she killed both Sharon and Leon, and that she is part of an international jewel-smuggling ring. Liliane points her gun at Michael and forces him to drive to the gangsters' hideout, but the police arrive in time to rescue Michael and Mrs. Van Weir, and the smugglers are arrested. +

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