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The Stolen Jools (1931)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 4 April 1931 (USA)
The boys and a Los Angeles police detective investigate the theft of actress Norma Shearer's jewelry.


William C. McGann, John G. Adolfi (uncredited) | 4 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Beery ... Police Sergeant
Buster Keaton ... Policeman
Jack Hill Jack Hill ... Policeman
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Policeman
Edward G. Robinson ... Gangster (as Edward Robinson)
George E. Stone ... Gangster
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Inspector Kane
Stan Laurel ... Policeman
Oliver Hardy ... Police Driver
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Farina)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie (as Stymie)
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ... Chubby (as Chubby)
Mary Ann Jackson ... Mary Ann Jackson
Shirley Jean Rickert ... Shirley Jean
Dorothy DeBorba ... Echo (as Echo)


Star-packed promotional short subject intended to raise funds for the National Variety Artists tuberculosis sanatorium, produced in association with a cigarette company! Plot involves the investigation of the reported theft of Norma Shearer's jewelry. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Comedy | Short


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Did You Know?


Features seven Oscar winners for Best Actor and Best Actress: Warner Baxter, Wallace Beery, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Victor McLaglen, Norma Shearer, and Loretta Young. See more »


On Detective Kane's pawn ticket, "saxophone" is misspelled "saxaphone." See more »


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Alternate Versions

Original release included several musical numbers, including ones performed by Dorothy Lee, Warner Baxter and Maurice Chevalier. Prints of this original version survive, but all circulating prints derive from the Blackhawk Films version which cut the musical numbers out in the interest of copyright. This cut version is the only one that has ever been released on the home movie market, video or DVD. The original cut does survive in Blackhawk Films' collection. See more »


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27 July 2008 | by MerryArtistSee all my reviews

Perhaps the best way to describe this short film is to label it "a star-studded 20 minutes." As a movie, it is reminiscent of the early 10-minute silent reels with goofy plots, only way less developed. Each scene is quickly abandoned in an effort to show as many well-known actors as possible. The story merely serves as an excuse to show off Hollywood's biggest stars, ranging from Joan Crawford to Laurel & Hardy. So have fun with it, and just be sure to pay attention or you'll miss a star!

THE CAST (in order of appearance): Wallace Beery, Buster Keaton, Jack Hill, J. Farrell MacDonald, Edward G. Robinson, George E. Stone, Eddie Kane, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Mary Ann Jackson, Shirley Jean Rickert, Dorothy 'Echo' DeBorba, Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins, Pete the Pup, Polly Moran, Norma Shearer, Hedda Hopper, Joan Crawford, William Haines, Dorothy Lee, Edmund Lowe, Victor McLaglen, El Brendel, Charles Murray, George Sidney, Winnie Lightner, Fifi D'Orsay, Warner Baxter, Irene Dunne, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Richard Dix, Lowell Sherman, Claudia Dell, Eugene Palette, Stuart Erwin, 'Skeets' Gallagher, Gary Cooper, Wynne Gibson, 'Buddy' Rogers, Maurice Chevalier, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Loretta Young, Richard Barthelmess, Charles Butterworth, Bebe Daniels, Ben Lyon, Frank Fay, Barbara Stanwyck, Jack Oakie, Fay Wray, Joe E. Brown, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Little Billy Rhodes, Mitzi Green.

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