Man about town and First Class cricketer A.J. Raffles keeps himself solvent with daring robberies. Meeting Gwen from his schooldays and falling in love all over again, he spends the weekend...
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A distinguished English gentleman has a secret life--he is the notorious jewel thief the press has dubbed "The Amateur Cracksman". When he meets a woman and falls in love he decides to "... See full summary »
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Most people know A.J. Raffles only as a gentleman of leisure and a top-rated cricketer, but he is also "the amateur Cracksman", an expert jewel thief. Alternately aided and hindered by his ... See full summary »
Man about town and First Class cricketer A.J. Raffles keeps himself solvent with daring robberies. Meeting Gwen from his schooldays and falling in love all over again, he spends the weekend with her parents, Lord and Lady Melrose. A necklace presents an irresistible temptation, but also in attendance is Scotland Yard's finest, finally on the trail.Written by
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This may be the first movie made that shows a television set with a program airing on it. While TV was being developed in Great Britain, Germany and the U.S. in the late 1920s (the first transmission was in 1928 in New York), the Great Depression all but brought it to a stop. In 1936, the BBC began broadcasting from its first station at Victoria Alexandra Palace in the north of London. Germany broadcast the 1936 Summer Olympic games to 28 public television rooms in Berlin and Hamburg. And American TV broadcast Pres. Franklin Roosevelt opening the New York World's Fair in 1939. But, by then, the advent of World War II delayed further development of TV. See more »
In the hansom cab, Raffles puts his arm behind Gwen above her shoulders, but in the next close-up shot of her, his arm isn't there. See more »
My dear, you know I don't like music.
And I don't like Cricket. But I don't take a nap in the middle of the playing field.
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Bland remake of Ronald Colman's earlier version...mildly entertaining...
RAFFLES ('40) contains a charming performance by David Niven as the jewel thief who constantly eludes detection by Scotland Yard. Niven has an equally charming co-star in Olivia de Havilland as his sweetheart--a thankless role which gives the actress a strictly cardboard leading lady role. It's Niven and the large supporting cast that consume most of the footage as the plot thickens and a Scotland Yard detective is hot on his heels.
Slow paced, only mildly entertaining, this one offers nothing in the way of wit or excitement to stir up anything more than moderate interest. Fans of David Niven and Olivia de Havilland get a chance to see the photogenic pair at their physical peak--but that's not enough to sustain interest in this bland remake of the earlier Ronald Colman version.
A standout in the largely British supporting cast is Dame May Witty as Lady Melrose whose necklace has fascination for the amateur thief.
Trivia note: Interesting to see a film from 1939 that shows a sports program being televised clearly on a rather medium-sized TV screen...long before TV became a household staple in the late '40s and early '50s.
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