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Jewel Robbery
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Director:
Writers:
Erwin S. Gelsey (screen play)
Ladislas Fodor (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
13 August 1932 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He stole her jewels -- but that wasn't all!
Plot:
A gentleman thief charms a Viennese baron's wife and also conducts a daring daylight robbery of a jewellers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(5 articles)
User Reviews:
Stylish, zesty, sassy, and fun...pure high entertainment See more (26 total) »

Cast

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William Powell ... The Robber

Kay Francis ... Baroness Teri
Helen Vinson ... Marianne

Hardie Albright ... Paul

Alan Mowbray ... Detective Fritz
André Luguet ... Count Andre (as Andre Luguet)
Henry Kolker ... Baron Franz
Spencer Charters ... Lenz
Lee Kohlmar ... Hollander
Clarence Wilson ... Prefect of Police
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Brodie ... Robber (uncredited)
Marie Burton ... Maid (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Jewelry Salesman (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Charles the Butler (uncredited)
Sheila Darcy ... Maid (uncredited)
John Davidson ... Robbery Accomplice (uncredited)
George Davis ... Polacheck - the President's Secretary (uncredited)
Paula DeCardo ... Maid (uncredited)
Ruth Donnelly ... Berta - Teri's Maid (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Leopold - Assistant Jewelry Manager (uncredited)
Bill Elliott ... Policeman Following Blonde (uncredited)
Norah Gale ... Maid (uncredited)
Lawrence Grant ... Professor Bauman (uncredited)
Robert Greig ... Main Reading Wiener Journal (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Robber (uncredited)
Ivan Linow ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Joyce Mathews ... Maid (uncredited)
Harold Minjur ... Jewelry Clerk (uncredited)
Blanche Payson ... Masseuse (uncredited)
Alma Ross ... Maid (uncredited)
Sheila Terry ... The Blonde Decoy (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... Jewelry Manager (uncredited)
Blanca Vischer ... Maid (uncredited)
Harold Waldridge ... Jewelry Clerk (uncredited)
Leo White ... Assistant Robber (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Dieterle 
 
Writing credits
Erwin S. Gelsey (screen play) (as Erwin Gelsey)

Ladislas Fodor (based on a story by) (as Ladislaus Fodor)

Bertram Bloch (English version)

Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Kurrle (photography by)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Keighley .... associate director
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
 
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68 min (Turner library print)
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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:
Continuity: 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:
Robber:You're so lovely. It's hard to be brutal with you.
Baroness Teri von Horhenfels:You do strike a fresh note. Up to now, men have always been brutal because I am lovely!
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Movie Connections:
Remade as The Peterville Diamond (1943)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ach, du Lieber AugustineSee more »

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How does the Baroness' gown stay up?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Stylish, zesty, sassy, and fun...pure high entertainment, 4 March 2014
Author: secondtake from United States

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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