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The Stolen Jools (1931)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 4 April 1931 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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

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)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Stolen Jools See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

To modern eyes, there is a certain irony in a film raising funds for tuberculosis research being sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Frank Fay: We know each other. We're married!
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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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How Many Stars Can You Pack Into 20 Minutes?
5 April 2012 | by earlytalkieSee all my reviews

This little number is quite unique! It almost serves as a trailer for every film made by the majors in 1931. If you see this, you will see virtually every major and minor star of the era in a sort-of non musical "all-star" picture which was formerly very popular in the early sound days. It is quite fun to see the stars from MGM, Paramount, Columbia and RKO all together in this melange. Some of the artists do no more than appear for a split-second on camera, but the intent seems to be to sandwich as many recognizable stars as possible into this, a 20 minute short film, underwritten by Chesterfield cigarettes to benefit tuberculosis research! It is fascinating to see "screen snap shots" of some famous Hollywood couples of the day, such as Barbara Stanwyck and Frank Fay, and Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyons. Norma Shearer has the biggest part, and she seems to be enjoying herself in this little film. You also get a glimpse of Joan Crawford and her best friend, gay film star William Haines. I got this film a few years ago for next to nothing as part of a 3 disc set of silent and early sound movie classics in a dollar store. At a dollar a disc for the set, it has a lot of fascinating entertainment for the price.


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