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Raffles (United Artists 1939, David Niven, Olivia de Havilland)

Raffles (United Artists 1939


Raffles (United Artists 1939, David Niven, Olivia de Havilland)

David Niven takes the lead role as adventurous British cricket star and amateur thief A.J. Raffles who baffles the best of Scotland Yard. In this version, Niven decides to give up crime when he falls in love with Gwen (Olivia de Havilland). He returns a purloined necklace and arouses the suspicion of Inspector MacKenzie (Dudley Digges). The nimble Niven slips the trap, saves the day for a desperate friend, and makes off with his leading lady.

Raffles cinematographer Gregg Toland was the legendary director of photography, whose perfection of the deep-focus technique became his virtual signature in such films as Citizen Kane (1941) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).


David Niven (A.J. Raffles), Olivia de Havilland (Gwen), May Whitty (Lady Melrose), Dudley Digges (MacKenzie), Douglas Walton (Bunny), E.E. Clive (Barraclough), Lionel Pape (Lord Melrose), Margaret Seddon (Maud Holden), Hilda Plowright (Wilson), Gilbert Emery (Bingham), Keith Hitchcock (Merton), Vesey O’Davoren (Butler), George Cathrey (Melrose Footman), Gibson Gowland (Villager (uncredited)), George Atkinson (Art Gallery Attendant), Frank Baker (Art Gallery Attendant), Leonard Carey (Bingham’s Secretary), Herbert Clifton (Villager), Richard Clucas (Little Boy), Larry Dods (Bobby), Elspeth Dudgeon (School Mistress), James Finlayson (Hansom Cab Driver), Leyland Hodgson (Bobby), Charles Irwin (Detective Phillips), Colin Kenny (Bobby), George Kirby (Villager (uncredited)), Wilfred Lucas (Bobby), Edmund Mortimer (Extra at Ambassador Club), John Power (Bobby), Ellinor Vanderveer (Passerby Extra), Eric Wilton (Art Gallery Attendant), Sam Harris (Mr. Whiteley – Houseguest), Peter Godfrey (Crawshay), Forrester Harvey (Umpire),


Director: Sam Wood
Producer: Samuel Goldwyn
Original Story: E.W. Hornung
Director of Photography: Gregg Toland
Editing: Sherman Todd
Music:Victor Young
Script: John Van Druten
Production Design: James Basevi

USA / United Artists / 72 minutes / 1939


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