The Stolen Jools (1931)

DailyView: Day 247, Movie 345

I took a time out from binge watching Cobra Kai season 4 to get the DailyView completed. I pulled out one of the comedy shorts from 1931 that I thought was just a Laurel and Hardy short. However, it turned out that Laurel and Hardy only had a small bit in this film, as did a bunch of other celebrities of the time.

The Stolen Jools was a thinly veiled story about some missing jewels from Norma Shearer that had been stolen from a Ball the night before. Inspector Kane (Eddie Kane) was in search for the perpetrator.

And that was it, basically.

This twenty minute short had a whole bunch of stars together intended to raise funds for the National Variety Artists tuberculosis sanatorium, produced in association with a cigarette company.

The list of celebrities included Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton, Fay Wray, Edward G. Robinson, The Little Rascals, George E. Stone, Hedda Hopper, Gary Cooper, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Loretta Young, Charles Butterworth, Barbara Stanwyck, Gabby Hayes, Mitzi Green, Richard Dix, Fifi D’Orsay, George Sydney, Joan Crawford, Dorothy Lee, Warner Baxter, Bert Wheeler, Irene Dunn, Claudia Dell, Skeets Gallagher, Buddy Rogers, Bebe Daniels, Frank Fay, Little Billy Rhodes, Wynne Gibson among others.

It is amazing to see all of the biggest celebrities of the time involved in this project. It makes one wonder what they could do today.

The film is more of a Who’s who than a story, but it was fun tying to suss out which actor was which.

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