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Louis Joseph Vance's MICHAEL LANYARD, better known as THE LONE WOLF, didn't start out as a private eye, but as a criminal. However, like Jack Boyle's Boston Blackie, thanks to his numerous re-creations in film, radio and television, The Lone Wolf is now best remembered these days, if at all, chiefly as a sort of gentleman thief turned private eye.

  • Number of Movies: 21
  • Revenue: -

Featured Cast

  1. Warren William

    Warren William

    Michael Lanyard, Michael Lanyard / The Lone Wolf

  2. Gerald Mohr

    Gerald Mohr

    Michael Lanyard / The Lone Wolf, Harry Cooper, Michael Lanyard

  3. Francis Lederer

    Francis Lederer

    Michael Lanyard

  4. Henry B. Walthall

    Henry B. Walthall

    Michael Lanyard

  5. Ron Randell

    Ron Randell

    Michael Lanyard

  6. Eric Blore

    Eric Blore

    Llewellyn Jameson, Jamison, Claudius Augustus Lucius Jamison, Jameson

  7. Bert Lytell

    Bert Lytell

    Michael Lanyard, Michael Lanyard / The Lone Wolf

  8. Ann Savage

    Ann Savage

    Valerie King, Vivian

  9. Hazel Dawn

    Lucy Shannon

  10. Marguerite Chapman

    Marguerite Chapman

    Eve Andrews

  11. Frances Robinson

    Frances Robinson

    Patricia Lawrence

  12. Dorothy Dalton

    Dorothy Dalton

    Lucy Shannon

  13. Melvyn Douglas

    Melvyn Douglas

    Michael Lanyard

  14. Jean Muir

    Jean Muir

    Joan Bradley

Featured Crew

  1. Sidney Salkow

    Writing, Directing

  2. Dorothy Howell


  3. Edward Dmytryk

    Edward Dmytryk


  4. D. Ross Lederman


  5. Earl Felton


  6. Stanner E.V. Taylor

    Stanner E.V. Taylor

    Directing, Writing

  7. Edward H. Griffith

    Directing, Writing

  8. Bruce Manning


  9. Peter Godfrey

    Peter Godfrey


  10. Albert S. Rogell


The Lone Wolf

June 30, 1917

Based on a character created by Louis Joseph Vance

The False Faces

February 15, 1919

During World War I, a professional thief known as The Lone Wolf is assigned to steal a cylinder with important information from behind the German lines and bring it to Allied intelligence headquarters. However, German agents set out to stop him, headed by the man who was responsible for the death of the thief's sister.

The Lone Wolf

April 27, 1924

A silent film Directed by Stanner E.V. Taylor.

The Lone Wolf Returns

August 15, 1926

The Lone Wolf Returns

Alias the Lone Wolf

August 22, 1927

Although this was only the second "Lone Wolf" film produced by Columbia, Bert Lytell had already played Louis Joseph Vance's gentleman crook in several prior films, the first dating back to 1917. Michael Lanyard, aka the Lone Wolf, is sailing to America when he meets pretty Eve de Montalais (Lois Wilson). Eve wants to sneak her valuable necklace through U.S. customs so that she can use the money from its sale to help straighten out her brother. The only problem is that there is a gang of jewel thieves on board who are just as determined to steal the necklace.

The Last of the Lone Wolf

August 26, 1930

In this entry in the Lone Wolf series, the first to have a soundtrack, the jealousies of the King and the coquettish Queen are chronicled. When His Majesty learns that his wife has given the ring he gave to her to her lover, the King plans a large ball and demands the she wear the token. As her lover is a military attache, he is not in the palace, and the queen must send her lady-in-waiting to bring it back. En route, the lady meets a thief and they team up. She does not know that he has been dispatched by the King to steal ring from the attache.

The Lone Wolf Returns

December 31, 1935

Once a jewel thief always a jewel thief? Yes and no. Yes if you consider the fact that Michael Lanyard also known as the Lone Wolf once retired from the "trade" but relapses back into his old habits when he is tempted by the emerald pendant of beautiful socialite Marcia Stewart. The trouble (?) is that he falls for the belle and he soon gets more interested in getting the girl than the jewels that adorn her. What he wants now is to return the pendant but a rival gang interfere and force him to take part in a big-time caper.

The Lone Wolf in Paris

May 25, 1938

Former jewel thief Michael Lanyard (Francis Lederer) toys with a princess (Frances Drake) and a grand duke (Walter Kingsford).

The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt

January 27, 1939

Spies force former jewel thief Michael Lanyard (Warren William) to steal defense secrets in Washington.

The Lone Wolf Strikes

January 26, 1940

Delia Jordan's father is murdered and some very valuable jewelry stolen. She hires The Lone Wolf.

A hardworking secretary for a rich woman finds herself engaged to the woman's son and accused of a murder she didn't commit.

The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date

November 2, 1940

Complicated plot involving missing stamp collection and kidnapped businessman, with the Lone Wolf keeping one step ahead of the police in Havana trying to solve the crime and make a profit.

A reformed jewel thief fights to clear his name when he's framed for murder.

Secrets of the Lone Wolf

November 13, 1941

Michael Lanyard's faithful butler Jamison is mistaken for his boss by a gang of jewel robbers.


September 3, 1942

The Lone Wolf tracks down Nazi spies in London during the German bombing.

One Dangerous Night

January 22, 1943

Reformed jewel thief the Lone Wolf (Warren William) investigates the murder of a playboy who was blackmailing three socialites.

Passport to Suez

August 19, 1943

The Lone Wolf goes undercover in Egypt to foil a Nazi plot to bomb and disable the Suez canal, which is vital to England's war effort.

The Notorious Lone Wolf

February 14, 1946

Ex-thief Lone Wolf (Gerald Mohr) and his valet (Eric Blore) don turbans to solve a museum jewel theft.

The Lone Wolf in Mexico

January 16, 1947

In this entry in the enduring series, the suave jewel thief finds himself helping the police break up a ring of diamond smugglers. Along the way, he winds up accused of both robbery and murder.

The Lone Wolf in London

November 13, 1947

Michael Lanyard (Gerald Mohr) is suspected of stealing two fabulous diamonds from a vault in Scotland Yard, where they were being held for safekeeping, but the Yard can't prove he did it. Later, Lanyard is summoned by a member of the nobility to help the latter raise money to pay a blackmailer. Lanyard later finds evidence to reveal the diamonds as having been stolen by a famous stage star.

The Lone Wolf And His Lady

August 11, 1949

Lone Wolf (Ron Randell) a newspaper man, is accused of gem theft.

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