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Jewel Robbery (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 13 August 1932 (USA)
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 ... 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

Herman Bing as "Alpine Tourist" is listed in studio records/casting call lists for this movie, but he did not appear or was not identifiable. C. Henry Gordon is credited as "Fritz" by some sources (including The New York Times), but that role was played by Alan Mowbray and Gordon was not seen in any other role. See more »

Goofs

When the police let go of the rope when they are pulling Johann Christian Lenz of the Vienna Protection Agency out of the well he doesn't immediately fall but slowly drifts back down into the well. See more »

Quotes

Count Andre: I hope this new acquisition brings you a woman's most cherished need: a new thrill!
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Connections

Remade as The Peterville Diamond (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear
(1932) (uncredited)
Written by Milton Ager, Al Goodhart, Al Hoffman and Edward G. Nelson
Played on a phonograph twice and often in the score
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Pre-"Reefer Madness" (and Code Insanity!)
22 May 2002 | by lawprofSee all my reviews

"Jewel Robbery" reflects the comic virtuosity of actors and actresses - and directors - in an eclectic Hollywood too soon to be stifled by THE Code. Kay Francis, little known to most movie buffs today, sparkles as a liberated, adventuresome and bored wife of a doting, not doddering exactly, but boring rich hubby. Apparently only his largess keeps her hitched and she seems quite open about looking for some exciting liaisons and she ain't talking about platonic ones either. The sexual innuendos aren't subtle. Neither are they serious.

William Powell is a suave and quick-witted gentleman jewel thief. In one sentence he dismisses the violence of his American counterparts, asserting the urbane civility of the European high class criminal.

"Reefer Madness," one of Hollywood's all-time great comedies, came out in 1937. In 1932 Powell, the jewel thief, dispenses marijuana cigarettes left and right and although the name is never used, the goofy behavior of the smokers prefigures the exaggerated and demonic grass-induced St. Vitus dance of the later documentary.

A short, sprightly comedy where crime is neither dangerous nor particularly even objectionable, "Jewel Robbery" is a small gem from a long bygone Hollywood. If you can rent it, do so. You won't be disappointed.


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