Jewel Robbery (1932)
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as The Robber
as Baroness Teri
as Count Andre
as Baron Franz von Horhenfels
as Johann Christian Lenz
as Prof. Bauman
as Charles the Butler
as Berta the Maid
as The Commissioner
as Assistant Robber
as Girl-Chasing Gendarme
as The Commissioner
as Alpine Tourist
Critic Reviews for Jewel Robbery
The erotic edge of looming danger, the sexual charge of a sure and confident touch, the thrilling distinction between true refinement and mere formality electrify this 1932 Hollywood drama ...
Today, its potency persists undiminished: The film delights as more than mere escapism.
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Audience Reviews for Jewel Robbery
Jewel Robbery (1932) William Powell is his handsome, debonaire self as a jewell thief who has a way with people, with the help of those marijuana cigarettes. ;-) Kay Francis (fresh from their "One Way Passage" movie) is back as the bored Baroness Teri von Hornhenfels on the make, who is infatuated with this bad boy. This Hayes Office pre-code movie shows off a hedonistic Vienna along the same lines as the Ernst Lubitsch comedies. All the idle rich married people are sleeping around in their evening gowns. I wonder how the depression era movie-goers liked this? I enjoyed watching it, even without top hat and tails. Baroness Teri is delightfully sexy, sneaking away from rich hubby, Baron Franz (Henry Kolker) to have fun with anybody who can keep her entertained. If you're a Kay Francis fan, you're going to love her in this. Powell's jewell thief is more a lovable rogue than a dangerous criminal, saying that he's apposed to the American school of banditry, although he is there to clean out every jewelry store he can get into, and especially in the Baroness's bedroom. The writing is great. There's plenty of double entendres and some things that are plenty blatant for adults to enjoy. If you get a chance to see this, please do.
Most reviews I've read seem to find this much more charming than I did on the initial viewing, so perhaps it's just me having some kind of preconceived notions or expectations of the film based on my enjoyment of the Thin Man series. At any rate, it was an okay way to kill (just over) an hour, but I don't know how often I would return to it. Rental?
Pre-code film about a debonair Jewel Robber (Powell of course) who robs jewelry stores and calms everyone down by giving them his special ciggerettes (Tickets to you Tim) and getting them high. Powell charms the pants off a Baroness and they fall in love. Not the best of Powell's films, but he so fucking charming and enjoyable to watch on screen it a must see if you are a Powell fan(Keith). The dope smoking is also enjoyable and Powell and Francis have a great repoir.
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