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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.

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

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The Robber
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Baroness Teri
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Marianne
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Paul
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Detective Fritz
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Count Andre (as Andre Luguet)
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Baron Franz
Spencer Charters ...
Lenz
Lee Kohlmar ...
Hollander
Clarence Wilson ...
Prefect of Police
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Barbara Bletcher
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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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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 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

Baroness Teri von Horhenfels: There now, you can go!
Marianne Horne: Be displeased with me! I can't help it. I'm a respectable woman and I'm afraid.
Baroness Teri von Horhenfels: Don't you think I'm afraid? I shan't close my eyes all night.
Marianne Horne: Well, this is *one* night I shall be very glad to be with my husband!
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Connections

Remade as The Peterville Diamond (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Ach, du Lieber Augustine
(ca 1768) (uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Lee Kohlmar
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Stylish, zesty, sassy, and fun...pure high entertainment
4 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jewel Robbery (1932)

If you haven't seen why Pre-Code films are a riot—and very very well made— watch this one. Here the sassy, sexy, glammed up heist of a jewelry store becomes a game of manners and courtship. Jewels do in fact get stolen, but that's so not the point of the movie.

Centerpiece is William Powell, the superstar status still to come with his "Thin Man" and "Godfrey" roles. He's in top form, always a bit peculiar but really lovable and suave because of it. One of a kind.

Equal to him is Kay Francis, who is alive on screen like few actresses, and a great foil to Powell's cool. If Powell is still famous, Francis is not, and the reasons are not clear. (She was labeled "Box Office Poison" in a famous 1938 article, but that same piece labeled Joan Crawford and Kate Hepburn as well, both of whom had hardly begun their mature careers.) But Francis is a wonder in her heyday and you may as well start here to get why. (She was for years in the 1930s the highest paid actress bar none.)

So if you aren't convinced to see this yet, take the set design, the tightly engineered photography and editing, and the overall direction by William Dieterle, who is an underrated master of the classic Hollywood years. Again, just see this for proof.

As for the Code and its effect here, listen to the banter, which is fast and loaded with double entendres. No one skips a beat, and the fast swirl never gets confusing. Really a remarkably packed 70 minutes.


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