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Jewel Robbery

Released Jul 23, 1932 1h 8m Comedy List
83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 68% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Baroness Teri von Horhenfels (Kay Francis) deals with the tedium of her aristocratic life in Vienna with a long line of lovers. Her rich husband, Franz (Henry Kolker), seems not to notice. As she's just about to end her latest love affair, the baroness gets a much-needed dose of excitement when she becomes the target of a charismatic thief (William Powell). After staging a daring jewelry robbery, he makes off with the baroness's ring -- and her heart. Read More Read Less

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Richard Brody New Yorker 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 ... Apr 14, 2014 Full Review Calum Marsh Village Voice Today, its potency persists undiminished: The film delights as more than mere escapism. Mar 12, 2014 Full Review Rosalie Kicks MovieJawn JEWEL ROBBERY is quite the diamond in the rough and I feel so fortunate that I was able to see it on the big screen in 35mm. Rated: 4/4 Jun 19, 2024 Full Review Fedor Tot Vague Visages Underneath the light fleet-footed comic antics is a Cinema Rediscovered film that beckons the audience to cheer on Francis in all her adulterous behavior. Jun 13, 2023 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...benefits from the affable efforts of its two stars... Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 20, 2023 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A poor imitation of Lubitsch's classic romance/comedy Trouble in Paradise. Rated: C Apr 14, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D A lot of fun with Francis showing some surprise comedy chops. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/29/24 Full Review Russ Ordinarily, the pairing of the lovely Kay Francis and the debonair William Powell in a pre-Code B-movie quickie would be a formula for success. This was so far-fetched I gave it the Kibosh during the heist. It was just too silly and I'm not a fan of farces. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 04/30/23 Full Review David K William Powell and Kay Francis. What else can you say? Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/03/23 Full Review Tom M Powell and Francis make a perfect couple in this very funny romantic comedy. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/21 Full Review paul h Neat little movie, early on in the talking pictures era with Wm. Powell at his best, aided by lovely young Kay Francis as "the little rich girl' who falls for this jewel thief. Easy to watch and easy to enjoy. A flashy picture for its time period. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This film is entertaining enough and has its moments. Kay Francis plays a rich woman who enjoys being pampered by her servants and expensive jewelry from her husband. While she's at a jewelers picking up her latest bauble (a 28 carat diamond ring), William Powell strolls in with his crew to lead a very leisurely, dignified robbery. Naturally, the pair make goo-goo eyes at each other, and she's happy when he's not caught. One of the amusing little pre-code laughs is Powell doling out marijuana cigarettes, not referred to by name, but which after a few puffs leave those partaking to get quite silly (and Powell warning that they'll be hungry afterwards). There's also a fair bit of playful innuendo mixed in, one example of which is her friend telling her of a robbery in which a woman was "stripped right down to her teddies," and that if it happened to her, she would "let the train go on," because "When I'm travelling at the rate of 80 miles per hour, I'm not responsible for my actions." It's made clear that Francis has just broken off one affair, and she says she leads a boring, shallow life in which her schedule is "In the morning a cocktail. In the afternoon a man." And Powell all but propositions Francis when he wants to hide out in her bedroom for an evening, saying that in the morning they'll have a "secret behind them." It's all very light though, and while director William Dieterle creates a near Lubitschean feel in the playfulness of it all, there's something a bit awkward and off in the film's pacing, and the dynamic between Powell and Francis. They're certainly better together in 'One Way Passage' from the same year, but this one's passable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Baroness Teri von Horhenfels (Kay Francis) deals with the tedium of her aristocratic life in Vienna with a long line of lovers. Her rich husband, Franz (Henry Kolker), seems not to notice. As she's just about to end her latest love affair, the baroness gets a much-needed dose of excitement when she becomes the target of a charismatic thief (William Powell). After staging a daring jewelry robbery, he makes off with the baroness's ring -- and her heart.
Director
William Dieterle
Distributor
Warner Bros.
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 23, 1932, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 11, 2017
Runtime
1h 8m
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