Raffles

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) represents a great source of 'older' movies. This movie was filmed in 1930 and stars Ronald Coleman and Kay Francis. Coleman is an English gentleman of leisure by day and an "amateur cracksman" (safecracker) by night. He decides to give up his life of crime to marry his lady love (Francis) but a friend comes to him in great need and Raffles has to pull 'one more job' before he retires. Trouble follows, but Raffles is quick witted as well as light fingered.

The movie was based on a series of novels by E. J. Hornung, brother-in-law to Arthur Conan Doyle. He presents Raffles as one of England's greatest cricketer and an accomplished jewel thief, always eluding Scotland Yard. He was a popular fictional character at the time, this was actually the forth movie about him, but the first in sound. It was filmed again in 1939 with David Niven in the title role.

Not a great classic, but an interesting movie on a theme now well covered, 'The Thief That Must Pull Just One More Job'.

 

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