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Stolen Heaven (1931)

Engineering a $20,000 robbery, Mary and Joe draw up a pact to spend all the money foolishly and then commit suicide.


George Abbott


George Abbott (adaptation), Dana Burnet (story) (as Dana Burnett)




Cast overview:
Nancy Carroll ... Mary
Phillips Holmes ... Joe Bartlett
Louis Calhern ... Steve Perry
Edward Keane ... Detective Morgan
Joan Carr Joan Carr ... Mrs. Woodbridge-Wood
G. Albert Smith G. Albert Smith ... Harvey
Dagmar Oakland ... Dorothea
Guy Kibbee ... Police Commissioner
Joseph Crehan ... Henry - Steve's Butler
Edward Ryan Edward Ryan ... Child on Beach (as Eddie Ryan)
Margaret McNamara Margaret McNamara ... Child on Beach
Tom Carter Tom Carter ... Traffic Controller


Engineering a $20,000 robbery, Mary and Joe draw up a pact to spend all the money foolishly and then commit suicide.

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They Plundered Life For Laughter- But Life Had the Last Laugh! (Print Ad- Daily Star, ((Long Island City NY)) 20 March 1931) See more »


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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Joe Bartlett: I made a bargain with myself, see? I got twenty thousand dollars.
Mary: Twenty thousand dollars?
Joe Bartlett: Yeah, and I'm going to have one grand splurge. All the things I've wanted, all my life, and couldn't have because I didn't have the money. And then... finish.
Mary: What do you mean?
Joe Bartlett: [he pats his pocket] This.
Mary: Kill yourself?
Joe Bartlett: Yeah, don't you understand? I suppose you think that's horrible? If you could only know how I felt - kinda, crazy, desperate. If you could only understand...
Mary: I do understand! I know how you felt. ...
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30 May 2004 | by bensonjSee all my reviews

The opening sequence is incredible, starting with the shadows on torn billboards of the two protagonists in a seedy cityscape. She's a whore, and he, stumbling drunk, is following her to her room. Actually, she discovers when they get to her room that he's not stumbling drunk--a bullet had grazed his head and nearly knocked him out. There's no question, though, about her being a cheap whore, and the room a being whore's room. At one point, he looks around and says, "How'd I get here?" Her disgusted response: "The fairies brought you." He asks for a drink, and she gives him one: "One of the girls left this bottle here yesterday." There's a commotion in the hall. Detectives are searching the house for the man who just held up the payroll in the factory opposite. She tells the boy, "Quick, get off your clothes." He jumps into the bed and pretends a drunken sleep. The detective is looking for bigger fry and doesn't give her too hard a time for prostitution. She says he's been there for hours; she doesn't know anything about him. In these scenes, the acting, direction and writing are simple and direct. The two are shown as both cynical and naive; two lost souls. So far, superb! But then they decide to take his money, go on a spree, and when it's gone they'll commit suicide. Not superb. After the great opening sequence, the story becomes very sloppy, degenerating into primitive and unbelievable melodrama. At one point, for example, she asks how much money is left. Just $1,000, he says, only one day left. One day on $1,000 in 1931?? And Nancy Carroll unabashedly chews the scenery: "I don't want to die!" Hey, OK, so who's forcing you? But the film doesn't totally disintegrate. For example, the opening shot at a ritzy Havana hotel starts with a close-up of the band and gradually pulls back, tracking through the diners, all the way back for a long shot of the dance floor. When a stateside detective catches up with them, there are some lively plot twists, and Calhern, a wolf who has been after Nancy, winds up helping them when he sees that true love is bound to triumph. See this for the vital, gritty, pre-Code opening sequence; the rest is OK in a primitive way.

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21 February 1931 (USA) See more »

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Céu Roubado See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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