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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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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Herman Bing as "Alpine Tourist" in studio records/casting call lists for this movie, but he did not appear or was not identifiable. C. Henry Gordon is credited as "Fritz' by some sources (including The New York Times), but that role was played by Alan Mowbray and he was not seen in any other role. See more »

Goofs

After the baroness pulls a gun on the robber, he distracts her by kissing her, whereupon she drops the gun on his foot. She runs to the other side of the room with the robber limping after her. The gun is on the floor as he starts toward her; when he reaches her he's holding it. See more »

Quotes

Baroness Teri von Horhenfels: I'm hungry
Robber: That's because you were frightened. There's nothing like a little fear to whet one's appetite.
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Connections

Remade as The Peterville Diamond (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear
(1932) (uncredited)
Written by Milton Ager, Al Goodhart, Al Hoffman and Edward G. Nelson
Played on a phonograph twice and often in the score
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A Viennese Bonbon
19 February 2004 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A bored Baroness discovers love & excitement when she becomes caught up in a thrilling JEWEL ROBBERY.

Scintillating, light as air and slightly naughty, this pre-Code charmer will delight discriminating viewers looking for a sophisticated comedy, a little trifle with which to while away an idle hour. Thievery, marijuana and infidelity--while very serious subjects--are here satirized almost to the point of insignificance. The whole purpose of this forgotten film--which compares nicely with the best of Lubitsch--is to provide the audience with a good time, and in that it succeeds quite admirably.

Beautiful Kay Francis is enchanting, her cool demeanor barely concealing the mischievous passions just below her elegant surface. Very bored with her wealthy but unattractive husband (Henry Kolker), she yearns for a more exciting life. Gentlemanly thief William Powell provides that opportunity. Suave & debonair, he instantly makes the viewer forgive his regrettable vocation. As a twosome, the stars bring just the right frisson of pleasure to their scenes to please all but the most jaded viewer.

The supporting cast further adds to the film's fine distillation. Hardie Albright as Francis' admirer & Helen Vinson as her friend both portray willing partakers of Old Vienna's hedonistic lifestyle. Spencer Charters is very humorous as a completely incompetent night watchman. Sour Clarence Wilson plays a police official, while Alan Mowbray shines in his few minutes as a no-nonsense detective.

Movie mavens will recognize rotund Robert Greig as a chauffeur, tobacco-eating George Davis as a police secretary & the wonderful Ruth Donnelly as Miss Francis' maid--all uncredited.


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