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Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman
Director: King Baggot (Dir)
Release Date:   24 May 1925
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 27 Apr 1925
Duration (in feet):   5,557
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   House Peters (Raffles)  
    Miss Du Pont (Gwendolyn Amersteth)  
    Hedda Hopper (Mrs. Clarice Vidal)  
    Frederick Esmelton (Captain Bedford)  
    Walter Long (Crawshay)  
    Winter Hall (Lord Amersteth)  
    Kate Lester (Lady Amersteth)  
    Freeman Wood (Bunny Manners)  
    Roland Bottomley (Lord Crowley)  
    Lillian Langdon (Mrs. Tilliston)  
    Robert Bolder (Mr. Tilliston)  

Summary: On board a ship from India bound for England, Raffles, a mysterious cracksman who once astounded all Britain with his daring thefts, warns one of the passengers to take special care of her necklace lest it be stolen. Soon after, the pearls disappear without a trace. They are, however, returned to the lady in a box of cigarettes when the boat reaches port. Raffles later attends a house party that is also attended by Captain Bedford, a noted criminologist who guarantees that a famous string of pearls can't be stolen. Raffles steals the pearls, and Bedford lays a trap for him with the help of a paroled thief. Lady Gwendolyn, with whom Raffles has fallen in love, learns of the trap and comes to his rooms to warn him. Raffles packs and makes his escape, taking Gwen along. Raffles and Gwen are married, and he returns the pearls and promises to reform. All is forgiven. 

Production Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Production Text: Universal-Jewel
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Director: King Baggot (Dir)
Writer: Harvey Thew (Scen)
Photography: Charles Stumar (Dir of photog)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the novel The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung (London, 1899) and the play Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung and Eugene Presbrey (New York and London, 12 May 1906).
Authors: Ernest William Hornung
  Eugene Wiley Presbrey

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Corp. 10/4/1925 dd/mm/yyyy LP21350

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Genre: Melodrama
Subjects (Major): Criminals--Rehabilitation
  London (England)

Note: Some contemporary sources reviewed the film simply as Raffles . For information on other screen adaptations of E. W. Hornung's popular novel, please consult the entry for the 1939 Samuel Goldwyn production Raffles , directed by Sam Wood and starring David Niven and Olivia de Havilland. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   7 Jun 1925   p. 143.
Variety   29 Apr 1925   p. 34.

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