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Raffles (1930)

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 »


George Fitzmaurice, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast (uncredited)


Sidney Howard, E.W. Hornung (novel)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... A.J. Raffles
Kay Francis ... Gwen
David Torrence ... Inspector McKenzie
Frederick Kerr ... Lord Harry Melrose (as Frederic Kerr)
Bramwell Fletcher ... Bunny
John Rogers John Rogers ... Crawshaw
Wilson Benge Wilson Benge ... Barraclough
Alison Skipworth ... Lady Kitty Melrose
Frances Dade ... Ethel Crowley


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 "retire" from that life, but an old friend comes to him with a predicament that entails him committing one last job. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Silk Hat Sinner! A Suave Love Saint! The cavalier of crime, the most fascinating character Ronald Coleman has played! An amateur cracksman- but an expert in love! (Print Ad-Rhinebeck Gazette, ((Rhinebeck, NY)) 20 September 1930)







Release Date:

24 July 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herr Raffles gör visit See more »


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1.20 : 1
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Bette Davis screen tested for the role of Gwendolyn. And failed. See more »


Gwen's limo drops Raffles off at his residence. After Raffles gets out of the car, the chauffeur closes the passenger door and opens the driver's door. But the engine revs and the car starts moving forward before the chauffeur gets in and behind the steering wheel. See more »


Lady Kitty Melrose: I depend upon you. I lean upon you.
A.J. Raffles: Uh, not too heavily, Lady Melrose. Not too heavily.
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Alternate Versions

This film was made simultaneously in silent and talking versions. With almost of the theaters in the USA wired for sound, this was to be the last film that Samuel Goldwyn produced in this manner. See more »


Version of Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1905) See more »

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Entertaining and atmospheric Ronald Coleman film
27 April 2017 | by jcorelis-24336See all my reviews

A. J. Raffles, "the amateur cracksman," was a fictional English gentleman safecracker invented by E. W. Hornung in a series of stories beginning in 1898 as a sort of mirror image of Sherlock Holmes. Like Holmes, Raffles is a suave, upper-class intellectual involved with the underworld, but Raffles's involvement is on the wrong side of the law: he supports his upper-class lifestyle by his career as a jewellry thief.

The Raffles stories were extremely popular and have been the subject of many film, theater, and television treatments. One of the best of these is this 1930, very early talkie starring cinema's quintessential English gentleman, Ronald Coleman. It's really quite a good film for its time, with an intelligent script, generally good acting (especially by Coleman and character actor Frederick Kerr, better known as Baron Frankenstein in James Whale's famous 1931 treatment of the monster story, who steals every scene he is in as a grouchy English lord.) Co-cinematographer Gregg Toland, who later worked on many Hollywood classics, is presumably responsible for the film's noirish, atmospheric lighting effects.

All in all, I'd say this entertaining film will still be enjoyed by today's audiences, and is a must see for fans of Coleman.

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