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The Devil Diamond (1937)

 -  Action | Crime  -  15 January 1937 (USA)
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A group of thugs tries to steal the cursed title gem from a jeweler who has been hired to cut it into small, saleable pieces.


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Cast overview:
Lee aka Kid Harris
Kane Richmond ...
Jerry Carter
June Gale ...
Dorothy Lanning
Rosita Butler ...
Yvonne Wallace
Robert Fiske ...
'Professor' John Henry Morgan, alias Moreland
Charles Prince ...
Henchman Al
Edward Earle ...
Arthur Stevens
Fern Emmett ...
Miss Wallace
Byron Foulger ...
Ole--Houseboy (as Byron Folger)
George Cleveland ...
George Davis
Burr Caruth ...
Peter Lanning
Jack Ingram ...
Frank McCarroll ...
Henchman Shorty


A group of thugs tries to steal the cursed title gem from a jeweler who has been hired to cut it into small, saleable pieces.

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15 January 1937 (USA)  »

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Peter B. Kyne's The Devil Diamond  »

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This diamond is plenty rough
20 December 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

The Van Groode Jewelry Company purchases the Jarvis Diamond, worth a quarter of a million dollars, but also named the Devil Diamond because the owners or possessors of the stone become cursed. Hoping to make the diamond more marketable (as well as eliminate or lessen the curse), the jewelry company decides to have the stone cut. The job is handled by Peter Lanning, an expert gemologist who operates low key out of a boarding house in San Juan, where he lives with his daughter Dorothy. Stevens, a member of the company, conspires with a jewel thief Morgan to have the stones stolen. To make a front for his activities, he has his henchman train a young kid Lee for a prizefight, while Morgan, aka Moreland, researches for a book on Joaquin Murietta. Jerry Carter, an insurance adjuster hired by the jewelry company, also stays at the boarding house also researching a book on Murietta. When Morgan has Lanning abducted and Stevens killed (to get the stones for himself), Jerry, Lee, and Dorothy have to act. The film is strictly run of the mill with no surprises or anything new going for it. Darro's character seems to be picking fights with Morgan's henchmen every 5 minutes (and weak fights at that). Richmond spends the entire film walking around and looking through windows (as does Fiske as the Morgan). I did enjoy Baker's character (Yvonne) as the teenage girl with a crush on Lee and unable to take his hints to scram. The production values are nothing to write home about either. Rating, based on B-movies, 4.

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