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The Stolen Jools (1931)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 4 April 1931 (USA)
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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Storyline

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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Stolen Jools See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 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

Cisco Kid: I do not dance... in English!
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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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Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »

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Star Power With A Few Laughs
18 June 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

"The Slippery Pearls", also called "The Stolen Jools", is a short comedy that is worth watching for the star power alone. It's amazing how many movie greats appear in just 20 minutes, from silent film legends to some of the (at the time) youngest stars in Hollywood.

The actual story, an investigation of the theft of Norma Shearer's jewelry at a big party, is just a device to give a "detective" a reason for talking to all these celebrities. There are a fair number of decent gags, but the humor is not nearly as noteworthy as the great cast. Watch it and see how many luminaries you can spot.


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