Arsene Lupin (1916)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Master Criminal Films  |   Countries - UK  |  
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The first of several film versions of Maurice LeBlanc's stage play, the 1916 British production Arsene Lupin stars Gerald Ames in the title role. The basic storyline remains the same in all versions: Lupin, alias the Duke of Charmence, is a clever gentleman burglar. Detective Guerchard (Kenelm Foss) has vowed to bring Lupin to justice. Given a chance to escape when caught with the goods, Lupin gives up his freedom for the love of a good woman. Touched by this, Guerchard allows Lupin to slip through his fingers once more. The best filmization of Arsene Lupin was produced by MGM in 1932, starring John and Lionel Barrymore.

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bad-guy-turns-good, detective, escapades, inspection, investigation, private-detective, robbery