Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman - 1917

Raffles The Amateur Cracksman is a 1917 silent film starring John Barrymore. The film also co-stars Frank Morgan, Evelyn Brent and Mike Donlin. The film was directed by George Irving.
A J Raffles a handsome jewel thief masquerades as a gentleman of society fitting in with well-to-do people. He dons a mask and waits for an opportune moment to steal belongings, usually some jewelry and to take advantage of unsuspecting women whether at an estate or aboard a passenger ship. Raffles knows secret passage ways to aid his escape from capture such as disappearing into a large grandfather clock that is really a secret doorway. He even eludes capture by jumping off a ship and swimming to shore while women passengers fire pistols at him.
Director: George Irving
Writers: E.W. Hornung (stories) (play "Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman"), Anthony Paul Kelly, and 1 more credit »
Stars: John Barrymore, Christine Mayo and H. Cooper Cliffe

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