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Largest number of cameo roles: 1931 "The Stolen Jools"


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I've heard about this film for years, and finally it is on YouTube. It's a short, and not a very good one, but it is fun because of the large number of well known actors appearing in it in cameo roles.







Wallace Beery ... Police Sergeant


Buster Keaton ... Policeman

Jack Hill ... Policeman

J. Farrell MacDonald ... Policeman


Edward G. Robinson ... Gangster (as Edward Robinson)


George E. Stone ... Gangster

Eddie Kane ... Inspector Kane


Stan Laurel ... Policeman


Oliver Hardy ... Police Driver

Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Farina)

Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie (as Stymie)

Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ... Chubby (as Chubby)

Mary Ann Jackson ... Mary Ann Jackson

Shirley Jean Rickert ... Herself

Dorothy DeBorba ... Echo (as Echo)

Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ... Wheezer (as Wheezer)

Pete the Dog ... Pete (as Pete the Pup)

Polly Moran ... Norma Shearer's Maid


Norma Shearer ... Herself - Owner of Stolen Jewels


Hedda Hopper ... Hedda - Norma's Friend


Joan Crawford ... Herself


William Haines ... Bill Haines

Dorothy Lee ... Herself - Autography Signer


Victor McLaglen ... Sergeant Flagg


Edmund Lowe ... Sergeant Quirt

El Brendel ... Swedish Waiter

Charles Murray ... Kelly (as Charlie Murray)

George Sidney ... Cohen

Winnie Lightner ... Winnie

Fifi D'Orsay ... Herself - Actress


Warner Baxter ... Himself - Cisco Kid Costume and Accent


Irene Dunne ... Herself

Bert Wheeler ... Himself

Robert Woolsey ... Himself


Richard Dix ... Himself

Claudia Dell ... Herself

Lowell Sherman ... Himself - Movie Director


Eugene Pallette ... Reporter


Stuart Erwin ... Reporter

Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Reporter (as Skeets Gallagher)


Gary Cooper ... Newspaper Editor

Wynne Gibson ... Herself - Reporter


Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Himself (as Buddy Rogers)


Maurice Chevalier ... Himself


Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Himself


Loretta Young ... Herself - Mrs. Douglas Fairbanks Jr.


Richard Barthelmess ... Himself

Charles Butterworth ... Himselfh -Claiming to Be Louise Frazenda


Bebe Daniels ... Herself - Mrs. Ben Lyon

Ben Lyon ... Himself


Barbara Stanwyck ... Herself - Mrs. Frank Fay

Frank Fay ... Himself

Jack Oakie ... Himself

Fay Wray ... Herself


George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Projectionist (as George Hayes)

'Little Billy' Rhodes ... Film Delivery Boy (as Little Billy)


Mitzi Green ... Herself - Mystery Solver


Joe E. Brown ... Himself - Robbery Suspect

Robert Ames ... Robert Ames (uncredited)

Bert Lytell ... Bert Lytell (uncredited)

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I have an early version of the script that is quite different from what was later filmed. The stolen jools (jewels) is a tiara. Many of the actors originally planned were replaced, for example, Lew Ayres was to be the second gangster later played by George E. Stone. The role played by Wynne Gibson was originally to have been Mary Brian. Others who never made it to the final version included Marie Dressler, Janet Gaynor, Mary Astor, Dorothy Mackaill, George Arliss and John Barrymore. Dorothy Mackaill had a funny scene with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. that was dropped completely. George Arliss and John Barrymore's scenes were gags referencing their recent movies DISRAELI and MOBY DICK.



A completely different ending was originally written, where all the stars who had appeared in the short came together at the end and confessed to stealing the tiara. Why? Because they heard the detective say that the guilty person will get his name on the front page of every newspaper - and apparently the idea of all that publicity appealed to them!



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This short was done as a charity benefit. Interesting tidbit via Wikipedia:


"Star-packed promotional short subject intended to raise funds for the National Variety Artists tuberculosis sanatorium, produced in association with a cigarette company! "


I thought the part with Frank Fay and Barbara Stanwyck was most interesting just for the fact that I don't know of any other surviving piece of film that shows this husband and wife team together. They were married 1928 - 1935.

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