Once a jewel thief always a jewel thief? Yes and no. Yes if you consider the fact that Michael Lanyard also known as the Lone Wolf once retired from the "trade" but relapses back into his ... See full summary »
| What Vance Had In Mind When He Created the Character
When Louis Joseph Vance created the character The Lone Wolf he was a suave, ingenious jewel thief. Most of the films in the Lone Wolf series are `boiler plate' where Lanyard is a `run of the mill' reformed thief who the police are after regardless of how little evidence they have. In the Lone Wolf Returns, Douglas is a very credible Lone Wolf, suave, debonair, intelligent and everything else you would expect. There is sufficient intrigue to keep the viewer interested and a good deal of thought was put into the plot `twists' and the capture of the `bad guys'. Walburn is an excellent Jenkins, very subdued but also ingenious with a touch of larceny in his heart. Thurston Hall is an extremely capable Inspector Crane, crafty and fully aware of everything associated with the case as opposed to his bumbling Crane who needs no evidence at all in subsequent films in the series. One would think that after the Lone Wolf has been on the straight and narrow in seven or eight films and captures the actual `bad guys' in each Crane would finally get the message as he did in this film. I must admit I did have a little difficulty accepting Gail Patrick as the love interest if only because of the characters she played in My Man Godfrey, Stage Door and My Favorite Wife. She was much more acceptable the second time I saw the movie. If you are a fan of the mystery series of the '30s and '40s and do not expect to be culturally enriched by every movie you watch, this is a must see. Unfortunately, I am of the opinion that none of the films in the series made after The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt are worth either the time or the effort.