The Stolen Jools

The Stolen Jools is a 1931 American pre-Code comedy short produced by the Masquers Club of Hollywood, featuring many cameo appearances by film stars of the day. The stars appeared in the film, distributed by Paramount Pictures, to raise funds for the National Vaudeville Artists Tuberculosis Sanitarium. The UCLA Film and Television Archive entry for this film says—as do the credits—that the film was co-sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes to support the "fine work" of the NVA sanitarium.

The Stolen Jools
George E. Stone in The Stolen Jools
Directed byWilliam C. McGann
Produced byPat Casey
Written byEdwin J. Burke (uncredited)
Percy Heath (uncredited)
StarringBuster Keaton
Edward G. Robinson
Joan Crawford
Fay Wray
Gary Cooper
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 4, 1931 (1931-04-04)
Running time
20 minutes
CountryUnited States

When the film was shown in theaters in 1931, a person would appear after the film to ask the audience for donations. Because the film was made for charity, it has an unusually large cast of actors from various studios in addition to Paramount, including Warner Bros., RKO, MGM, and Hal Roach Studios.

This film was retitled The Slippery Pearls in the United Kingdom. It was thought to have been lost until a print was found in the UK in the 1990s. Another print was later found in the US under the alternative title.


At the "Screen Stars Annual Ball", Norma Shearer's jewels are stolen. The police must find them and return them to her.

Cast, as listed in end credits

Note: The end credits were prepared by Blackhawk Films for home movie and video distribution, and did not appear in the original release.

The Detective
Under the Tree
Couples at Home
In a Movie Scene
The Midget

See also


  1. Transcribed from the DVD Best of Laurel & Hardy, Volumes 2–3. Brentwood Home Video, 2004.
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