Arsène Lupin is a fictional gentleman thief and master of disguise created by French writer Maurice Leblanc. Lupin was featured in 20 novels and 28 short stories by Leblanc, with the short stories collected into book form for a total of 24 books. The first story, “L’Arrestation d’Arsène Lupin”, was published in the magazine Je sais tout on July 15, 1905.The character has also appeared in a number of books from other writers as well as numerous film, television, stage play, and comic book adaptations.
Arsène Lupin (1932)
84 min – Mystery/Romance
A charming and very daring thief known as Arsene Lupin is terrorizing the wealthy of Paris, he even goes so far as to threaten the Mona Lisa. But the police, led by the great Guerchard, think they know Arsene Lupin’s identity, and they have a secret weapon to catch him.
Director: Jack Conway
Writers: Maurice Leblanc, Francis de Croisset
Stars: John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Karen Morley
Arsène Lupin Returns (1938)
81 min – Mystery
A woman and a man vying for a woman’s affection: the usual love trio? Not quite so since the belle in question is Lorraine de Grissac, a very wealthy and alluring society woman, while one of the two rivals is none other than Arsène Lupin, the notorious jewel thief everybody thought dead, now living under the assumed name of René Farrand. As for the other suitor he is an American, a former F.B.I. sleuth turned private eye by the name of Steve Emerson. Steve not only suspects Farrand of being Lupin but when someone attempts to steal a precious emerald necklace from Lorraine’s uncle, Count de Brissac, he is persuaded Lupin is the culprit. Is Emerson right or wrong? Which of the two men will win over Lorraine’s heart?
Director: George Fitzmaurice (as Geo Fitzmaurice)
Writers: James Kevin McGuinness, Howard Emmett Rogers
Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Virginia Bruce, Warren William
Enter Arsène Lupin (1944)
72 min – Crime/Drama
A rich but naive young woman is in possession of some priceless jewels. She doesn’t realize it, but a gang of jewel thieves does.
Director: Ford Beebe
Writers: Maurice Leblanc, Bertram Millhauser
Stars: Charles Korvin, Ella Raines, J. Carrol Naish