The Lone Wolf (1917)

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Actor Bert Lytell began his long association with novelist Louis Joseph Vance's "gentleman crook" The Lone Wolf in this 1917 melodrama. The story takes place in France, where master criminal Michael Lanyard -- aka the Lone Wolf -- has determined to go straight. But for the sake of imperiled heroine Lucy Shannon (top-billed Hazel Dawn), Lanyard undertakes one last heist. The trade magazine Variety took The Lone Wolf to task for its derisive portrayals of French politicians and law enforcement officials, which was considered poor taste in light of WWI. As for Bert Lytell, he went on to play The Lone Wolf well into the 1920s, making his final appearance as the character in 1929's The Lone Wolf's Daughter.