The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date (1940)

66-67 mins | Comedy-drama | 23 November 1940

Director:

Sidney Salkow

Cinematographer:

Barney McGill

Editor:

Dick Fantl

Production Designer:

Lionel Banks

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Working titles for this film were Alias the Lone Wolf and Revenge of the Lone Wolf . The onscreen credits read: "Based on a work by Louis Joseph Vance." Although Vance wrote a 1921 novel entitled Alias the Lone Wolf , which was the basis of a 1927 Columbia film of the same name (See Entry), the novel does not appear to be the basis of The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date .
       For more information on the "The Lone Wolf" series, see the entry below for The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt and use the Series search in the Advanced ... More Less

Working titles for this film were Alias the Lone Wolf and Revenge of the Lone Wolf . The onscreen credits read: "Based on a work by Louis Joseph Vance." Although Vance wrote a 1921 novel entitled Alias the Lone Wolf , which was the basis of a 1927 Columbia film of the same name (See Entry), the novel does not appear to be the basis of The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date .
       For more information on the "The Lone Wolf" series, see the entry below for The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt and use the Series search in the Advanced Search. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Nov 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
10 Jan 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Aug 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Sep 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Sep 40
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Nov 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Nov 40
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Nov 40
p. 44.
New York Times
2 Jan 41
p. 24.
Variety
18 Dec 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
STAND INS
Stand-in for Warren William
Stand-in for Frances Robinson
Stand-in for Thurston Hall
Stand-in for Eric Blore
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Louis Joseph Vance.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
Revenge of the Lone Wolf
Alias the Lone Wolf
Release Date:
23 November 1940
Production Date:
21 August--mid September 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 November 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10081
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66-67
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6657
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Michael Lanyard, a reformed jewel thief known as The Lone Wolf, and his butler, Jamison, are on their way to the Havana airport for their trip back to Miami, where they intend to attend a stamp collectors' convention. Moments before leaving Cuba, however, Lanyard and Jamison witness Patricia Lawrence being forced into a car by two men. They come to her aid, but in the melee, the men steal Lanyard's valuable stamp collection and disappear. Patricia later tells Lanyard that the men were after the $100,000 ransom money she was carrying for the release of kidnapped millionaire Cyrus Colby. She also admits that she was planning to use the money to buy the testimony of an old Portuguese man who was going to identify the real kidnappers and thus exonerate her fiancé Scotty, who has been accused of the crime. After convincing Patricia to allow him to handle the case, and eluding Inspector Crane, who believes he is involved in the kidnapping, Lanyard, Jamison and Patricia visit the old Portuguese man. Just as he is about to utter the kidnappers' names, however, a shot rings out and he is killed. In the ensuing scuffle, Lanyard is captured by the kidnappers, but Jamison and Patricia escape unharmed. Taken to Big Joe Brady's casino, Lanyard offers to cut Joe in on the ransom if he allows Jamison to come and pick up Lanyard's stamp collection. When Jamison arrives, Lanyard instructs him to enter the stamps in the Miami convention, but to pay special attention to the Cuban stamps. Unable to find the convention, Jamison examines the Cuban stamps more closely and finds a secret ... +


Michael Lanyard, a reformed jewel thief known as The Lone Wolf, and his butler, Jamison, are on their way to the Havana airport for their trip back to Miami, where they intend to attend a stamp collectors' convention. Moments before leaving Cuba, however, Lanyard and Jamison witness Patricia Lawrence being forced into a car by two men. They come to her aid, but in the melee, the men steal Lanyard's valuable stamp collection and disappear. Patricia later tells Lanyard that the men were after the $100,000 ransom money she was carrying for the release of kidnapped millionaire Cyrus Colby. She also admits that she was planning to use the money to buy the testimony of an old Portuguese man who was going to identify the real kidnappers and thus exonerate her fiancé Scotty, who has been accused of the crime. After convincing Patricia to allow him to handle the case, and eluding Inspector Crane, who believes he is involved in the kidnapping, Lanyard, Jamison and Patricia visit the old Portuguese man. Just as he is about to utter the kidnappers' names, however, a shot rings out and he is killed. In the ensuing scuffle, Lanyard is captured by the kidnappers, but Jamison and Patricia escape unharmed. Taken to Big Joe Brady's casino, Lanyard offers to cut Joe in on the ransom if he allows Jamison to come and pick up Lanyard's stamp collection. When Jamison arrives, Lanyard instructs him to enter the stamps in the Miami convention, but to pay special attention to the Cuban stamps. Unable to find the convention, Jamison examines the Cuban stamps more closely and finds a secret message inscribed by Lanyard. On the stamp, Jamison reads that Colby is being held prisoner on Sandy Key, and that he is to decoy the police there. Jamison follows Lanyard's instructions and leads the police on a chase to the key, where they soon find and arrest Big Joe and his henchmen. The police find the ransom on Big Joe and immediately release Scotty. +

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