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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Notorious Lone Wolf (1946)

Starring Gerald Mohr, Janis Carter, Eric Blore, John Abbott, William Davidson
Directed by D. Ross Lederman
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

Former jewel thief Michael Lanyard, aka The Lone Wolf, falls under suspicion again when a valuable jewel is stolen from Indian royalty, but has a scheme to find the real culprit.

Per Wikipedia, this was the first Lone Wolf film from Columbia Pictures after a three year absence, and the first to star Mohr, replacing Warren William after a long run on the series, although Blore returns as Lanyard's faithful butler.  Although the setup for the mystery is fairly clever, its execution relies on several coincidences and and not all the plot ends are convincingly wrapped up, but it still makes for an amusing romp.  Blore, a cinema treasure in his own right, plays very well off of Mohr, and Mohr's smooth delivery makes him a nice fit in William's former shoes.  

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