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Jewel Robbery (1932)

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A gentleman thief charms a Viennese baron's wife and also conducts a daring daylight robbery of a jewellers.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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The Robber
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Baroness Teri
Helen Vinson ...
Marianne
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Paul
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Detective Fritz
André Luguet ...
Count Andre (as Andre Luguet)
Henry Kolker ...
Baron Franz
Spencer Charters ...
Lenz
Lee Kohlmar ...
Hollander
Clarence Wilson ...
Prefect of Police
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Storyline

When a baroness is present during a robbery at a jewellers in Vienna, she finds the gang's debonair leader more attractive than either her husband or her lover. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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He stole her jewels -- but that wasn't all!

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Release Date:

13 August 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den stora juvelstölden  »

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(Turner library print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the Hungarian play Ekszerrablás a Váci-uccában by Ladislas Fodor (copyrighted 26 Aug 1931) and on the following Broadway production: Jewel Robbery (1932); Comedy, adapted by Bertram Bloch; directed and produced by Paul Streger. Booth Theatre: 13 Jan 1932- Feb 1932 (closing date unknown/54 performances). Cast: Lionel Braham (as "Lenz"), Stuart Casey, Clarence Derwent (as "Franz"), Mary Ellis, Harold Johnsrud, Hazel Nagley, Eugene Powers, Frederick Roland, Louis M. Simon, Basil Sydney, Robert Vivian, Cora Witherspoon (as "Marianne"). See more »

Goofs

After the robbery, when the police are questioning the victims. All the men refer to the weapons used in the robbery as revolvers; when all the robbers carried automatics. See more »

Quotes

Marianne Horne: They are silly to expect a woman to tell the truth about what happened when she was alone with a man!
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Connections

Remade as The Peterville Diamond (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Beautiful Blue Danube (An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314)
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauß
Played on the phonograph during the robbery
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Pre-"Reefer Madness" (and Code Insanity!)

"Jewel Robbery" reflects the comic virtuosity of actors and actresses - and directors - in an eclectic Hollywood too soon to be stifled by THE Code. Kay Francis, little known to most movie buffs today, sparkles as a liberated, adventuresome and bored wife of a doting, not doddering exactly, but boring rich hubby. Apparently only his largess keeps her hitched and she seems quite open about looking for some exciting liaisons and she ain't talking about platonic ones either. The sexual innuendos aren't subtle. Neither are they serious.

William Powell is a suave and quick-witted gentleman jewel thief. In one sentence he dismisses the violence of his American counterparts, asserting the urbane civility of the European high class criminal.

"Reefer Madness," one of Hollywood's all-time great comedies, came out in 1937. In 1932 Powell, the jewel thief, dispenses marijuana cigarettes left and right and although the name is never used, the goofy behavior of the smokers prefigures the exaggerated and demonic grass-induced St. Vitus dance of the later documentary.

A short, sprightly comedy where crime is neither dangerous nor particularly even objectionable, "Jewel Robbery" is a small gem from a long bygone Hollywood. If you can rent it, do so. You won't be disappointed.


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