Lone Wolf, The

The nickname of private eye Michael Lanyard (Louis Hayward) on the syndicated detective drama THE LONE WOLF/SYN/1954 (a.k.a. STREETS OF DANGER). The Lone Wolf carried a circular pendant with an image of a wolf’s head.


Note: Based on the novels by Louis Joseph Vance (first published in 1914) The Lone Wolf character appeared in some twenty movie adaptations filmed between 1917 and 1949.

Originally, a cultured European jewel thief, Laynard (like Leslie Charteris’ “The Saint”) turned his talents to helping people in trouble. According to the novels, Lanyard was trained in the ways of crime by a mysterious Irishman named Bourke. When The Lone Wolf franchise moved to radio/TV, Laynard became an American private eye.

Actors portraying The Lone Wolf in the movies included Bert Lytell, Henry B. Walthall, Bertram Grassby, Jack Holt, Thomas Meigham, Melvyn Douglas, Francis Lederer, Warren William, Gerald Mohr and Ron Randell. Walter Coy and Gerald Mohr provided the voice of Michael Lanyard on the 1948 radio program.

See also: “The Lone Wolf” – Episode – @ You Tube and Thrilling Detective Web Site


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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