Raffles, gentleman crook, is thoroughly defanged in this bizarre Jazz Age adaptation. Our hero now robs from the rich and gives to the poor but spends much of his time awkwardly flirting with Hedda Hopper. House Peters mails in his performance and the adaptation is painful. A true turkey, though Hopper’s overripe acting does create some unintentional amusement.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Oh, we all know this one. Raffles evades capture and lives happily ever after.
If it were a dessert it would be: A mud pie. Like, a literal mud pie.
You can read my full-length review here.
Availability: Released on DVD as a double feature with John Barrymore’s take on the Raffles character.
What do you think of the David Niven version from the 1930s?
I haven’t seen either the Colman or Niven versions but I see that Warner Archive has released a double feature so it may be time to remedy that.
I don’t know if you have TCM, but the David Niven version of Raffles is on tonight (i.e., Monday) at 8:00 EDT.
I am an utter Luddite without a cable subscription to my name but thanks for the info 😉
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