Jewel Robbery (1932)

Film Review


Release Date: 13 August, 1932

Studio: Warner Bros.

Director: William Dieterle

Starring: William Powell, Kay Francis


Powell and his cohorts rob the jewelry store where Francis, her husband, and her lover are buying her a large diamond ring. As Powell gathers up the jewelry, he and Francis, instantly and mutually attracted, engage in smart, innuendo-filled exchanges. Later, Powell sneaks into Francis' home. She is alone, and after more discussion of their mutual attraction, he "kidnaps" her. At his elegant hideout, she expresses reluctance to seal their relationship, and he invites her to meet him in Nice, France, where they will be alone. The police arrive and Powell, before going out the window, reminds her about Nice. The police believe that they have rescued her. As she leaves, Francis says that she is going to Nice for a rest. She looks into the camera, crosses her lips with her finger, and mutely asks the audience for acquiescence to her planned adultery.


A nice little pre-code comedy for Powell and Francis, the film is slow-paced but enjoyable. Powell is, as usual, suave, well-spoken and charming. Francis is nearly his equal in sophistication and self-assurance. This film is the fifth of six pairing Powell and Francis made from 1929-1932. The tragic drama One Way Passage (1932), released two months after Jewel Robbery, was the best and most successful.