Jewel Robbery (1932)





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Conning the rich in charming Vienna, a professional gem thief charms a fabulously wealthy baroness into his calculating clutches but hasn't reckoned on the extent of her jealous husband's outrage. This romantic comedy comes from a stageplay which was also the basis of an earlier version made in Austria.
Classics , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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William Powell
as The Robber
Kay Francis
as Baroness Teri
Helen Vinson
as Marianne
Lee Kohlmar
as Hollander
Andre Luguet
as Count Andre
Henry Kolker
as Baron Franz von Horhenfels
Spencer Charters
as Johann Christian Lenz
Lawrence Grant
as Prof. Bauman
Ivan Linow
as Chauffeur
Charles Coleman
as Charles the Butler
Ruth Donnelly
as Berta the Maid
Clarence Wilson
as The Commissioner
Leo White
as Assistant Robber
Don Brodie
as Robber
Eddie Kane
as Robber
William "Wild Bill" Elliott
as Girl-Chasing Gendarme
Clarence H. Wilson
as The Commissioner
Herman Bing
as Alpine Tourist
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Critic Reviews for Jewel Robbery

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

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 ...

Full Review… | April 13, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Today, its potency persists undiminished: The film delights as more than mere escapism.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | August 7, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A poor imitation of Lubitsch's classic romance/comedy Trouble in Paradise.

Full Review… | April 14, 2003
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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.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

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?

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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.

cody franklin
cody franklin

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