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Jewel Robbery (N/C 12+)

29 September

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


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Film writers and critics Pamela Hutchinson and Christina Newland present some of Hollywood’s most risqué films (all new restorations, care of Park Circus and Warner Bros) made before the 1930's Hays Code was enforced, in Pre-Code Hollywood: Rules Are Made to be Broken.

One of the rare Pre-Code films set in Europe, Jewel Robbery is the story of a Viennese lady (the mischievous Kay Francis) caught in the midst of a diabolical jewel heist by a gentleman thief, played by the ever-charming William Powell. Casually wreathing its characters in marijuana smoke and unabashedly mentioning their extramarital affairs, the Warner Bros tagline for the film teased: ‘He stole her jewels… but that’s not all!’

Francis, terminally bored by her older, wealthy husband, gets a rapturous glint in her eye at the thought of a scandal, nevermind the dangerous flirtation with Powell that ensues. Featuring a cheeky direct address to camera and a joyfully sinful conclusion, this was the fifth of seven film outings for the crackerjack pairing of Kay Francis and William Powell. At a bite-sized 70 minutes, this heist caper is the kind of sultry amuse-bouche that leaves you wanting more, in the best way.

Christina Newland, Pre-Code Hollywood Season Co-Curator

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  • Director William Dieterle
  • Cast William Powell, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson
  • Country USA
  • Year of Production 1932
  • Running Time 1h8m
  • Certificate N/C 12+
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