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The Stolen Jools (1931)

Star-packed promotional short subject intended to raise funds for the National Variety Artists tuberculosis sanatorium, produced in association with a cigarette company! Plot involves the ... See full summary »

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William C. McGann, John G. Adolfi (uncredited) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Beery ... Police Sergeant
Buster Keaton ... Policeman
Jack Hill Jack Hill ... Policeman
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Policeman
Edward G. Robinson ... Gangster (as Edward Robinson)
George E. Stone ... Gangster
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Inspector Kane
Stan Laurel ... Policeman
Oliver Hardy ... Police Driver
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Farina)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie (as Stymie)
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ... Chubby (as Chubby)
Mary Ann Jackson ... Mary Ann Jackson
Shirley Jean Rickert ... Shirley Jean
Dorothy DeBorba ... Echo (as Echo)
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Star-packed promotional short subject intended to raise funds for the National Variety Artists tuberculosis sanatorium, produced in association with a cigarette company! Plot involves the investigation of the reported theft of Norma Shearer's jewelry. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De gestolen juwelen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Stolen Jools" is this film's original title. It was made by the National Vaudeville Artists (NVA) as part of a charity campaign and distributed free to theatres in 1931. After the showing a live speaker would come out and request donations. The film was rediscovered in 1972 in Britain, where it had been released in 1932 as "The Slippery Pearls," one of the Masquers Club comedy series for RKO. Subsequently a U.S. print was discovered and the film's true title, origin and purpose were at last known. See more »

Goofs

On Detective Kane's pawn ticket, "saxophone" is misspelled "saxaphone." See more »

Quotes

Wynne Gibson: I had a great time; I left before it
[i.e. the ball]
Wynne Gibson: started.
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Alternate Versions

Original release included several musical numbers, including ones performed by Dorothy Lee, Warner Baxter and Maurice Chevalier. Prints of this original version survive, but all circulating prints derive from the Blackhawk Films version which cut the musical numbers out in the interest of copyright. This cut version is the only one that has ever been released on the home movie market, video or DVD. The original cut does survive in Blackhawk Films' collection. See more »

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THE STOLEN JOOLS (William C. McGann, 1931) **1/2
15 February 2009 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Believe it or not, this unique all-star comedy short was financed by a tobacco-producing company in aid of charity! Practically everybody who was anybody in Hollywood circa 1931 puts in an appearance here during its mildly enjoyable but thoroughly fascinating 18-minute run: seasoned copper Wallace Beery sending rookie Buster Keaton to patrol the streets of L.A., detective team supreme of Laurel & Hardy arriving on the scene of the titular crime (belonging to Norma Shearer, no less) and having their car disassemble itself right there and then, Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe (in character as Flagg and Quirt) waited on by Swede El Brendel at a restaurant, Warner Baxter (again in character as The Cisco Kid – for which he was awarded an Oscar in 1929) flirting with the ladies, gangsters Edward G. Robinson and George E. Stone hiding out in a hotel lobby, Richard Dix and Irene Dunne – whom I have just seen teamed up in CIMARRON (1931) – being questioned by a nosy investigator, editor Gary Cooper ordering reporter Eugene Palette about, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. taking a stroll with Loretta Young, a rare peak at the home of newly-weds Frank Fay and Barbara Stanwyck (of whom, incidentally, I have just acquired a handful of rare movies)…plus Richard Barthelmess, Joe E. Brown (donning a false beard), Maurice Chevalier, Joan Crawford, Jack Oakie, Wheeler & Woolsey (whose brief bit here made me want to watch more of them), etc.


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