TCM is airing the first of Warren William’s nine appearances as Michael Lanyard a.k.a. The Lone Wolf tomorrow morning August 27 at 8:45 am EST. Unfortunately no Summer Under the Stars day for WW this year, but The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt does slip itself into the Ida Lupino schedule. Ida, who I love, is a little whacky here for me, and Virginia Weidler is downright annoying, but despite all that still an enjoyable movie which includes some early Rita Hayworth.
It’s a little different Lone Wolf for you as Leonard Carey plays Jamison as Eric Blore doesn’t join the cast until the next go-around in The Lone Wolf Strikes in 1940. Also missing are Fred Kelsey’s Dickens and Thurston Hall’s Inspector Crane, who was in 1935’s The Lone Wolf Returns starring Melvyn Douglas as Lanyard, but doesn’t return until The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady in 1940, Warren William’s third go-around as the Wolf.
I’ve included a couple of newspaper clippings for you in this post, as they’re kind of grainy and I can’t see myself being able to use them elsewhere. The first, up at the top of this post, is a sketch by an artist whose name I just can’t make out–it appeared in the March 19, 1934 edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
The second, below, is a page from a 1932 edition of the Niagara Falls Gazette which I think goes to show just how popular Warren William was becoming at the time. There’s a large ad for The Dark Horse at the right and a smaller ad for Employee’s Entrance just to the left of it and situated just above the Gazette’s reviews for each of the films which stretches well below the area I’ve cropped out.