The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady
Directed bySidney Salkow
Written byLouis Joseph Vance (story)
Wolfe Kaufman (story)
Screenplay byJohn Larkin
Based oncharacters created
by Louis Joseph Vance
Produced byIrving Briskin
Ralph Cohn
StarringWarren William
Eric Blore
Jean Muir
CinematographyHenry Freulich
Edited byAl Clark
Music bySidney Cutner
Distributed byColumbia Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • May 30, 1940 (1940-05-30)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady is a 1940 American drama directed by Sidney Salkow, starring Warren William, Eric Blore and Jean Muir.

The Lone Wolf character dates back to 1914, when author Louis Joseph Vance invented him for a series of books, later adapted to twenty-four Lone Wolf films (1917–1949).[1] Warren Williams starred in nine of these films (1939–1943), with The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady being the third starring William as Michael Lanyard.

The film also introduces a sidekick for Lanyard, his bumbling valet Jamison, played by Eric Blore. Blore would play Jamison in seven more films.[2]

Plot summary

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A reformed jewel thief tries to clear a society beauty of murder charges.[3]



In February 1940 the MPAA/PCA informed Columbia that a number of changes in the script were necessary before the film could receive certification. Among the many demands by PCA were that the "radio announcer must not be characterized, in any way, as a pansy"; that the drinking in the film be "held to an absolute minimum"; that the hiccoughing be eliminated; that the "business of Pete slapping and cuffing Joan" be eliminated; that the film not reveal the details of the crime; and that there be "no showing of panties or other particularly intimate garments."[4]


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