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.