How would the amateur cracksman fare under the stricter enforcement of the Production Code ushered in by Joseph Breen? The Code had been in existence well before 1934, but that year the office was taken over by Breen amid an atmosphere of increased scrutiny by and pressure from moral watchdogs who wanted to put a damper on the sex and violence rampant in horror and gangster films.
Ronald Colman, hot of his star-making role in 1929's Bulldog Drummond slips into the tuxedo and top hat of A.J. Raffles, amateur cracksman, for the first adaptation of the talkie era. Based on the same play as the 1917 and 1925 versions, the film treads familiar territory, but this time in the company of dashing Colman and the exquisite Kay Francis.