The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady (1940)

62 or 70-71 mins | Comedy-drama, Mystery | 30 May 1940

Director:

Sidney Salkow

Cinematographer:

Henry Freulich

Editor:

Al Clark

Production Designer:

Lionel Banks

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Although HR production charts list actor John Tyrell in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Censorship material in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library indicates that in Feb 1940 the PCA informed Columbia that a number of changes in the script were necessary before the film could receive certification. Among the many demands by PCA were that the "radio announcer must not be characterized, in any way, as a pansy"; that the drinking in the film be "held to an absolute minimum"; that the hiccoughing be eliminated; that the "business of Pete slapping and cuffing Joan" be eliminated; that the film not reveal the details of the crime; and that there be "no showing of panties or other particularly intimate garments." For information on "The Lone Wolf" series, See Entry for The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt and consult the Series ... More Less

Although HR production charts list actor John Tyrell in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Censorship material in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library indicates that in Feb 1940 the PCA informed Columbia that a number of changes in the script were necessary before the film could receive certification. Among the many demands by PCA were that the "radio announcer must not be characterized, in any way, as a pansy"; that the drinking in the film be "held to an absolute minimum"; that the hiccoughing be eliminated; that the "business of Pete slapping and cuffing Joan" be eliminated; that the film not reveal the details of the crime; and that there be "no showing of panties or other particularly intimate garments." For information on "The Lone Wolf" series, See Entry for The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt and consult the Series Index. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 May 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Jun 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Mar 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Apr 40
p. 62.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jun 40
p. 50.
New York Times
17 Jun 40
p. 19.
Variety
12 Jun 40
p. 14.
CAST
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LITERARY
Based on characters created by Louis Joseph Vance.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
30 May 1940
Production Date:
15 March--6 April 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 May 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9649
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62 or 70-71
Length(in feet):
6,444
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6187
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Michael Lanyard, a reformed jewel thief known as The Lone Wolf, nearly kills a woman while speeding to a winter resort. Stopped by the police, Lanyard and his personal valet, Jamison, along with the woman, Joan Bradley, are hauled off to police headquarters for questioning. En route, however, they manage to give the officer the slip, and Joan confides to Lanyard the part she has just played in a murder. Joan tells Lanyard that her ex-husband, Pete Rennick, whom she believed was dead, visited her on the eve of her marriage to millionaire Bob Penyon. While attempting to steal the diamond necklace that Bob gave her as a wedding gift, Pete was killed by a mysterious gunshot. Lanyard is intrigued by Joan's story and helps her buy time by furnishing her with an alibi. When Bob and the police investigators arrive, the police discover an inconsistency in her story and believe that she is hiding something. Secretly, Bob and Joan, who believe that they are about to be arrested, flee the apartment. Later, at Lanyard's home, Lanyard and Jamison are visited by Clay Beaudine, the mastermind behind the attempted robbery. Beaudine, convinced that Lanyard has reverted to his criminal past and is involved in the theft, insists that he enter into a partnership with him, but Lanyard resists his "offer." He then seeks the professional advice of his friend, Nick, a jeweler. Shortly after, Lanyard, posing as Inspector Crane, questions members of the Penyon family in their home. One member of the family, Rose Waverly, appears highly suspect in Lanyard's opinion, and he eventually coaxes her into confessing ... +


Michael Lanyard, a reformed jewel thief known as The Lone Wolf, nearly kills a woman while speeding to a winter resort. Stopped by the police, Lanyard and his personal valet, Jamison, along with the woman, Joan Bradley, are hauled off to police headquarters for questioning. En route, however, they manage to give the officer the slip, and Joan confides to Lanyard the part she has just played in a murder. Joan tells Lanyard that her ex-husband, Pete Rennick, whom she believed was dead, visited her on the eve of her marriage to millionaire Bob Penyon. While attempting to steal the diamond necklace that Bob gave her as a wedding gift, Pete was killed by a mysterious gunshot. Lanyard is intrigued by Joan's story and helps her buy time by furnishing her with an alibi. When Bob and the police investigators arrive, the police discover an inconsistency in her story and believe that she is hiding something. Secretly, Bob and Joan, who believe that they are about to be arrested, flee the apartment. Later, at Lanyard's home, Lanyard and Jamison are visited by Clay Beaudine, the mastermind behind the attempted robbery. Beaudine, convinced that Lanyard has reverted to his criminal past and is involved in the theft, insists that he enter into a partnership with him, but Lanyard resists his "offer." He then seeks the professional advice of his friend, Nick, a jeweler. Shortly after, Lanyard, posing as Inspector Crane, questions members of the Penyon family in their home. One member of the family, Rose Waverly, appears highly suspect in Lanyard's opinion, and he eventually coaxes her into confessing that she tipped off Beaudine in exchange for money that she desperately needed. Meanwhile, back at Lanyard's apartment, Beaudine forces his way in, and when he sees a newspaper article about the murder and recognizes the man in the picture, he locks Jamison and Joan in the bathroom. He then calls the man in the picture and arranges a rendezvous with him. When Lanyard returns home, he traces the address of Beaudine's destination through a dry cleaning ticket and follows him there, only to find Beaudine's recently murdered body. When Lanyard learns from Nick that the necklace was broken up and sold in pieces a year ago, he sets a trap for the killer by having Joan call Peter Van Wyck, a friend of the Penyons', to tell him that the jewels have been discovered at the bottom of a river and are about to be dredged up. Soon after Van Wyck arrives, Lanyard accuses him of the stealing the fake jewels to commit insurance fraud and of killing Pete to cover up the theft. Frightened, Van Wyck takes Joan hostage at gunpoint, but he is shot by Crane's quick-thinking assistant. The mystery solved, Joan and Bob are advised by Mrs. Penyon to marry as soon as possible, before some new intrigue spoils their wedding plans. +

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