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The Stolen Jools [1931]

Director:Harold S. Bucquet
John G. Adolfi
Russell Mack
Thomas Atkins
Victor Heerman
William C. McGann
Writer:Al Boasberg
Arthur Caesar
Carlisle Jones
E.K. Nadel
Edgar Allan Woolf
Edwin J. Burke
George Arthur Gray
Harrison Greene
Henry Myers
Howard J. Green
Percy Heath
Length:20 minutes
MPAA Rating:UR
Suggested Event Use:April Fools
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.0/10
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Synopsis: Star-packed promotional short subject intended to raise funds for the National Variety Artists tuberculosis sanatarium.

Reaction: A bit uneven as it appears to have been created as a series of independent sketches strung together, but some of them are rather enjoyable.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Harold S. Bucquet => Director
John G. Adolfi => Director
Russell Mack => Director
Thomas Atkins => Director
Victor Heerman => Director
William C. McGann => Director
Al Boasberg => Writer
Arthur Caesar => Writer
Carlisle Jones => Writer
E.K. Nadel => Writer
Edgar Allan Woolf => Writer
Edwin J. Burke => Writer
George Arthur Gray => Writer
Harrison Greene => Writer
Henry Myers => Writer
Howard J. Green => Writer
Percy Heath => Writer
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins => Farina (as Farina)
Barbara Stanwyck => Herself - Frank Fay's wife, an amateur poetess
Bebe Daniels => Herself
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins => Wheezer (as Wheezer)
Buster Keaton => Policeman
Dorothy DeBorba => Echo (as Echo)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. => Himself
Eddie Kane => The detective investigating the theft
Edward G. Robinson => Gangster (as Edward Robinson)
El Brendel => Swedish waiter
Fay Wray => Herself
Gary Cooper => Reporter
George E. Stone => Gangster
Irene Dunne => Herself
Joan Crawford => Herself
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard => Stymie (as Stymie)
Mitzi Green => Herself - the little girl who solves the mystery
Norma Shearer => Herself -whose jewels have been stolen
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney => Chubby (as Chubby)
Oliver Hardy => Police Driver
Pete the Dog => Pete (as Pete the Pup)
Richard Dix => Himself - in search of Lowell Sherman
Stan Laurel => Policeman
Wallace Beery => Police Sergeant
Warner Baxter => Himself in his Cisco Kid attire

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  • 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.