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a Jewel that (still) shines...
As directed by William Dieterle,this flick starred William Powell,Kay Francis,Helen Vinson,Hardie Albright,Alan Mowbray,Spencer Charters,& Herman Bing,amoung others.This is an excellent pre-code film,perhaps finding William Powell & Kay Francis perhaps defining snobbery as something to laugh at.The elegant (Powell).armed with marijuana,finds a willing & sophisticated woman(Kay),to pull of a robbery,with style.Surprisingly,this silly plot (credited to Ladislaus Fodor & Erwin Gelsey)works,largely due to very good tongue in cheek acting from (Francis),who steals the film from Jewel robbing (Powell),as well as a good supporting cast,who are sometimes found in a cloud of smoke.Are all the Jewels lost & found?Later viewers,including smokers & non-smokers) of this gem of a film may also be interested,as well as amused.
Title of Beautiful Old Song in this film
The song is called "Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear"Definitely a beauty. I like the version by Billy Cotton and his band.
This may have been good fare in the early 30's, but the romantic thief who steals the lady is cliche and also the gentleman thief character so urbane, dapper and superior with brilliant clockwork timed plans reeks. Rich woman meets charming thief and falls in love at first sight, abandons husband and comfort for a guy she just met? Sorry, I like the folk song raggle taggle gypsy but it's just a song with unreal lyrics, like this ridiculous fairy tale
- gary pippel
This was an excellant movie and it brought back many memories from when it was released many years ago.Can someone tell me the title of the song that was played in the background? In the profile it names Bernard Kaun but not the title.Thank you,Garygpip@windstream.net
Last night on TCM I stumbled across most of a Lubitsch-like film, "Jewel Robbery". It wasn't as good as "Trouble in Paradise" but it exemplified pre-code naughtiness. (Maltin--three and a half stars)Kay Francis is in this one too--this time she's the lead opposite William Powell, the sophisticated cat-burglar. Here's what I found stand-out interesting and I'm not giving the plot or ending away--not that they are A-typical--but, hey, this is probably close to the first of this genre.First; Bios of Kay Francis said she had a speech impediment--a problem with r's. Contemporary reviewers sometimes referred to her as, "...the wavishing Kay Fwancis...". I didn't notice this in "Trouble in Paradise" but it was noticeable if you listen closely in "Jewel Robbery". Which leads me to wonder if someone was "having her on" with that title? They could have just as easily called it "Jewel Burglary" or "Jewel Thief". I can imagine smirking reporters asking her the title of her current film. Also, I wonder if she influenced the later cartoon speech pattern for Elmer Fudd?Second; Wm Powell throws off the police pursuit of his cat-burglar character by providing them with marijuana cigarettes--resulting in laughing jags! The TCM host, Robert Osborn, reported that the majority of contemporary viewer reaction to the film was not outrage at drug use but requests for sources of the cigarettes.Last: Kay Francis wears a loose, strapless, off-the-shoulder, low cut back, evening dress that defies gravity by staying in place. Although not tight fitting, it must have been glued on at key locations!This is one of the good Pre-codes that needs to be re-issued on DVD--Please.
- Judi W.
I want to add this movie to my collection. Its one of my favorites. William Powell and Kay Francis are wonderful in this movie. Love the chemistry.
- Rod Patterson
This upbeat comedy about a jewel thief is a refreshing change for 1932! I was completely caught off guard when the wonderfully Charming & Dapper William Powell introduces his "magic & inducing" cigarette case ! For 1932 I have wondered if the audience even knew what these were ? Perhaps just a "mickey" laced cigarette! And the twist and turns that insue as the confident upper crust thief romances his charming victim is most "engaging"! And of course following the cigarette case is a caution! A most entertaining film in every aspect!
This is a very good movie! William Powell at his best! This is only the second Kay Francis movie I've seen and I'm already a big fan. Is definately needs to be released on DVD.
- Maid Marian
My new favorite! I'm generally not one for comedies, but this is so clever and sophisticated. From a female perspective -sensual - William Powell knows how to do it! And taking her back to his "lair" was gorgeous, and the uniqueness of seeing marijuana as a part of life. Finish it off with the cutest ending with Kay to us. She's great! Loved it!
Gem of a Classic!
I adore this movie! When will it be released on DVD? Have been looking for years, to no avail. It would be great to get this title along with "One Way Passage" on a DVD set. I'll be the first in line to purchase several copies for others who also enjoy this film classic!
A Jewel of a Movie!
This is one of the best films of it's day. The movie takes an incredible chance and introduces the use of marijuana to distract the hostages during the robbery. So completely ahead of its time, it's simply amazing. Of course, William Powell and Kay Francis are fantastic...I'm such a huge fan of Powell in Thin Man series, but he's great in every movie of this era. A real collector's item....too bad it's not available to buy. Oh, a note to D. Brown: you have mistaken William Powell for Dick Powell, the singer. William is NOT known for his singing voice.
The Worst Powell Film Ever
- David Brown
This movie is brutal. I had never seen a non-musical Powell film that I disliked until this one. It is right up there with "Pluto Nash" as the worst film ever. There is nothing redeemable about it. ZERO STARS.
William Powell classic
Love William Powell in this movie. would be great to own it. why not show it again TCM?
This is truly an entertaining movie. William Powell is always a pleasure to watch. Until its released why not replay it.
- R Owens
This movie is extremely funny and clever! I anxiously await it's release on dvd! Until then, why not show it again, TCM??
Hilarious comedy, beautiful setting
- P.A. Bolduc
This is just about the only William Powell movie not released yet - it would make my collection of William Powell movies complete; a cute comedy.