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Jewel Robbery (1932)

A gentleman thief charms a Viennese baron's wife and also conducts a daring daylight robbery of a jewellers.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
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 Lee Kohlmar ... Hollander
Clarence Wilson Clarence Wilson ... Prefect of Police
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Bletcher 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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Taglines:

He stole her jewels -- but that wasn't all!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den stora juvelstölden See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$291,039 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 / 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

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: Come with me!
Baroness Teri von Horhenfels: Where?
Robber: Over the roofs and away!
Baroness Teri von Horhenfels: I don't dare.
Robber: Romance. Adventure. Gaiety. Excitement. A chance to live!
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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Ach, du Lieber Augustine
(ca 1768) (uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Lee Kohlmar
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a pre-code romp
17 January 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

William Powell is a smooth jewel thief who captivates Kay Francis in "Jewel Robbery," a 1932 film made before the dreaded code kicked in. Set in Vienna, Francis plays a baroness who, like her friends, has married a dull man for money and takes lovers. While her husband is buying her a 28-carat diamond and she's arguing with her boyfriend, William Powell and his team enter to rob the store. It's love at first sight.

This is a slight but very amusing film, interesting for the racy story line, the outfits, and Kay Francis herself. A very unusual-looking woman, Francis' heyday was in the '30s, and everything about her screamed '30s, of course - her hair, her fashions, and the kind of films she made. She's somewhat frozen in time there. Powell is his usual dashing, delightful self, and the two work very well together. The scene at Powell's place is particularly interesting, as she demands not to be asked to do anything, but to be forced, at which point, he picks her up and throws her onto his huge bed. "But there are so many pleasant in between steps," she objects.

A delightful movie, not terribly long, but fascinating given the era in film in which it was made.


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