17 December 2011 | bkoganbing
A Special Train Car
There was a bit more comedy in this film from The Lone Wolf Series. The Lone Wolf as played by Warren William and his valet Jamison who is Eric Blore after being innocently trapped in a device to discourage bank robbers bet Inspector Thurston Hall that they can't go 24 hours without getting in some kind of trouble. That's a stupid bet on William's part because this whole series is The Lone Wolf getting into all kinds of scrapes and the police not believing he's gone legitimate.
This time trouble comes in the form of private detective Regis Toomey being shot and falling nine stories to his death outside William's hotel room. Toomey was on a case involving a gang trying to rob a newly designed train car invented by Lloyd Bridges. It opens with a combination and an attempt to break in without knowing the combination will result in poison gas killing you. A bit extreme I think, but the first cargo this car is carrying is treasury plates and lots of crooks would like to get their hands on those.
It's the usual run of things for William and Blore trying to catch the crooks in this case a gang led by Henry Wilcoxon and Walter Kingsford and trying to stay a step ahead of the cops who always think William is the bad guy. It's not much of a challenge in the case of Fred Kelsey who is Thurston Hall's sidekick and the butt of every gag in the film. Kelsey is one of those dumb flatfoots who graduated from the Keystone Police Academy and it's almost cruel what William and Blore do to him in every film.
Fans of the Lone Wolf series and Warren William should definitely like The Lone Wolf Takes A Chance. Incidentally he does lose the bet and pays off, sort of.