Stolen Jools 2007 NR CC

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This short film was made to raise funds for the National Variety Artists tuberculosis sanitarium and featured many of Hollywood's biggest stars contributing their time to this project.

Starring:
Wallace Beery, Buster Keaton
Runtime:
20 minutes

Stolen Jools

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Stolen Jools (1931)

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Genres Comedy
Director William C. McGann, John G. Adolfi, Thomas Atkins, Harold S. Bucquet, Victor Heerman, Russell Mack
Starring Wallace Beery, Buster Keaton
Supporting actors Jack Hill, J. Farrell MacDonald, Edward G. Robinson, George E. Stone, Eddie Kane, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Mary Ann Jackson, Shirley Jean Rickert, Dorothy DeBorba, Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins, Pete the Dog, Polly Moran, Norma Shearer, Hedda Hopper
Studio Synergy Ent
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

The ending is really funny, to me at least.
K. Lyman
I haven't seen it on TCM yet (I don't think they have the rights to it) but it's worth watching if you can.
JGC
Not much plot, but a short movie showing lots of old stars.
George Dinwiddie

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on February 22, 2010
Format: DVD
Film buffs will be absolutely delighted to own this twenty minutes of unmitigated fun. The Stolen Jools (a.k.a. The Slippery Pearls) is a merry little short with so many early 1930's stars showing up in its brief running time that one needs a scoreboard to keep track of them all! Ironically, this gemstone intended to help fight tuberculosis and raise money for a Hollywood sanitarium was sponsored by Chesterfield! The cigarette is prominently displayed and smoked throughout.

You can sense everyone from Buster Keaton to Richard Barthlemess is having a grand time when it is discovered Norma Sherarer's jewels have been lifted. Edward G. Robinson was stealing them for himself and had them taken from him. Shearer is a sheer delight pleading for the detective to find them while Laurel and Hardy wait outside. Before you can say Warner Baxter, Joan Crawford, a rival of Shearer's, is questioned. It turns out all she took from the party was a cute little dog, however. Styme and Chubby from the Our Gang shorts add to the search, and Irene Dunne describes the missing jewels perfectly, yet claims not to have ever seen them!

Word about the theft reaches Chief Gary Cooper, and the famous suspects just keep on comin'! Making an appearance are Barbara Stanwyck, Buddy Rogers, Fay Wray, Bebe Daniels, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Loretta Young, William Haines, Eugene Pallette, Claudia Dell, and a very funny Wheeler and Woolsey. And that's simply the tip of the iceberg! Though it may be short, you'll have to watch it several times to catch everyone. From Bebe Daniels to Ben Lyon, Fay Wray to Wallace Beery, you'll have a ball picking out a big star you missed the second or third time around.

This is also available with a terrific "B" mystery, Dragnet, from another company. Either way, it is a must own curio for real fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JGC on March 20, 2008
Format: DVD
This is a little-known 1930's short that was "lost in the MGM vault" until the early '90s. (The alternate title is: The Stolen Jewels.) It came out in 1931, is a total of 19 minutes in length and of course is in black and white. Many of MGM's biggest stars have cameos in it (including my idol, Joan Crawford, may she rest in peace) all portraying themselves. The film follows the story of Norma Shearer as she goes around looking for her stolen jewels. Some of the performances are silly and others and dramatic, but it's all a lot of fun and a great way to showcase the stars of the "greatest studio in town." This is available on multiple DVD sets, or you can also find it online (free of charge) if you do a search. I haven't seen it on TCM yet (I don't think they have the rights to it) but it's worth watching if you can. Remember, you are what you watch.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 18, 2008
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This short subject was a promotional film made in 1931 to aid in collecting for charity. It is cute enough and notable for the appearances - however brief - of so many stars in one film including Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton, Edward G. Robinson, Wallace Beery, and of course, Norma Shearer, whose jewelry has been stolen. It is also included on Comedy Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection for just a little more than is being charged for this one so-so short film. Plus you get a total of 50 films including a bunch of Buster Keaton short silent films, an Ernst Lubitsch - "That Uncertain Feeling", and an odd little comedy starring James Cagney entitled "Something to Sing About", which was made when Cagney was having one of his feuds with Jack Warner over his contract. That is a much better buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey S. Lockwood on March 19, 2014
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As a fundraiser for the National Variety Artists Tuberculosis Sanitarium, all of the major studios of the day contributed resources - including several of their biggest stars - to this 20-minute comedy short about an attempt to locate Norma Shearer's valuable jewelry. Never mind the paper-thin plot - it's just an excuse to cram in brief bits by Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang, Buster Keaton, Wallace Beery, Edward G. Robinson, Fay Wray, Irene Dunne, Barbara Stanwyck, Loretta Young, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier & more. If you're a fan of early 1930's Hollywood, this is slight but pretty irresistible.
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By S. Ford on March 18, 2014
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Not much content and fuzzy quality, but a really fun opportunity to see a lot of famous stars in the early 1930's!
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By Eric on March 1, 2014
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A Who's Who of film stars from the '20's and early 30's. I had previously seen stills of this short and was finally able to enjoy watching the film itself.
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By mamab on December 23, 2013
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I love Laurel and Hardy. This was nothing. It was just a flimsy film patched together to show the stars in a very weak story. Dialog hard to understand. You need to be very knowledgable of the era to know who was who in this thing too. Interesting to see some of theses stars I have heard of and not ever seen.
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By David Cantrell on November 13, 2013
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This little short was mildly amusing to watch. Sadly was not that great a piece as a whole item, but little segments with some of history's most memorable actors and actresses make it worth the time. L&H and their traditional car gag...was my favorite.
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