GIRLS ABOUT TOWN
1931, Universal, 80 min, USA, Dir: George Cukor

With a lavish lifestyle untouched by the Depression, Kay Francis and Lilyan Tashman are New York party girls hired to escort businessmen Joel McCrea and Eugene Pallette, respectively. For the first couple, true romance could trump financial concerns - if a not-quite-divorced spouse cooperates. Cukor’s sure hand with the leads, cinematographer Ernest Haller’s nimble camerawork and a witty script by silent comedy star Raymond Griffith help make this pre-Code gem sparkle. With Louise Beavers.


JEWEL ROBBERY
1932, Warner Bros., 68 min, USA, Dir: William Dieterle

William Powell (THE THIN MAN films) stars as a debonair thief who steals both gems and hearts in this romantic crime comedy based on the play "Ekszerrablás a Váci-uccában" by Ladislas Fodor. Bored Baroness Teri von Horhenfels (Kay Francis) is on the prowl for a new lover when she witnesses a jewelry store robbery and decides the head of the gang (Powell) will be her next prey. She casts aside her current amour, but her husband (Henry Kolker) will not surrender so easily: He dedicates himself to putting The Robber behind bars.


THE COCOANUTS
1929, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley

The Marx Brothers’ very first film finds Groucho trying to save his sinking-fast Florida hotel with the aid of Chico and Harpo, but things don’t go the way he planned (largely thanks to his two crazy helpers). Co-starring Kay Francis, Zeppo Marx and of course, Margaret Dumont.


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