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An ace Scotland Yard detective attempts to prove that a renowned cricket player is also an equally notorious cat burglar in this lively, entertaining crime drama that stars Ronald Colman as the irrepressible crook who in the roguish tradition of Robin Hood pilfers not for personal profit, but for the sheer thrill of it. The sportsman's downfall begins when he falls in love with a wealthy young woman. With her, he plans to attend a posh royal soiree hosted by a blue-blooded couple. The inspector following the thief is delighted for he suspects that he will attempt to steal the hostess' valuable jewels during the festivities. He doesn't realize that the crook wants the gems so he can use the money to help a desperate and destitute friend. The night of the party things get complicated when another jewel thief shows up. Though a merry mix up follows, the detective is not easily thrown off the scent. Fortunately the foxy thief has many entertaining tricks up his sleeve. Raffles is based on a novel by E.W. Hornnung and was filmed twice before in 1914 and 1925. It was later remade in 1940. A 1960 Mexican version, El Raffles Mexicano also exists.


Ronald Colman
as A.J. Raffles
Frances Dade
as Ethel Crowley
Alison Skipworth
as Lady Kitty Melrose
Frederick Kerr
as Lord Harry Melrose
John Rogers
as Crawshaw
Wilson Benge
as Barraclough
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Critic Reviews for Raffles

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  • The essence of its interest is a rascal so captivating that you are pleased to see him emerge triumphant, though guilty, from his brush with Scotland Yard.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Raffles helped fix the ideal of the gentleman amateur, the handsome urbane sportsman with a hankering for illicit adventure.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • British actor Ronlad Colman gives a suave, compelling performance in a dual role

    Jul 11, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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