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Jewel Robbery (1932)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 13 August 1932 (USA)
A gentleman thief charms a Viennese baron's wife and also conducts a daring daylight robbery of a jewellers.



(screen play) (as Erwin Gelsey), (based on a story by) (as Ladislaus Fodor) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
The Robber
Baroness Teri
Detective Fritz
Count Andre (as Andre Luguet)
Baron Franz
Spencer Charters ...
Lee Kohlmar ...
Clarence Wilson ...
Prefect of Police
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Bletcher


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!


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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Did You Know?


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 »


When the police let go of the rope when they are pulling Johann Christian Lenz of the Vienna Protection Agency out of the well he doesn't immediately fall but slowly drifts back down into the well. See more »


Baroness Teri von Horhenfels: [being seduced by Robber] Show me your jewels.
Robber: Of course.
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Remade as The Peterville Diamond (1943) See more »


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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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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