Jerry Cummings, a mining engineer, has pledged a large diamond on a short-term note to a pair of crooked loan sharks, Crone and Jan Jaffin, and heads for Mexico. His daughter Betsy, posing ... See full summary »

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Jimmy Baxter (as Herman Brix)
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Betsy Cummings - alias Mary Layton
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Crone
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Jan Jaffin
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Mrs. Flint - Landlady
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Ben Armand - Junk Dealer
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Jape - Gas-Station Attendant
Henry Roquemore ...
Judge Ephraim (as Henry Rocquemore)
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Deputy Jonas
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Jerry Cummings
Fern Emmett ...
Sarah - Ephraim's Wife
Samuel Adams ...
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Charles Williams ...
Drunk Witness
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Jerry Cummings, a mining engineer, has pledged a large diamond on a short-term note to a pair of crooked loan sharks, Crone and Jan Jaffin, and heads for Mexico. His daughter Betsy, posing as a jewel thief called Mary Layton, is working to keep the crooks from absconding with the jewel, and her efforts are hindered greatly by an artist, Jimmy Baxter, who thinks she is a crook and Crone and Jaffin the good guys. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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10 December 1937 (USA)  »

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Jewel Thief  »

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

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Comedy-Drama
3 May 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This comedy-drama from the mind of Sam Katzman -- besides producing this quickie, he also directed -- is a fairly amusing story about how starving artist Bruce Bennett (still credited as Herman Brix) helps ditzy Joan Barclay whose father has pawned a fabulous diamond -- well, it's too long to explain here and for a Sam Katzman production it's a darned fine one. But neither Bennett nor Barclay are capable of reading their lines very well. Some good photography manages to survive the current muddy prints, but most of the fun is provided, as so often in the case, by supporting actors, including Vivienne Oakland as Bennett's landlady and Jimmy Aubrey as a junk dealer.

Bennett became a better actor as time went on, but never got the real break he needed -- or perhaps he was never really good enough. Miss Barclay disappeared soon enough and Katzman kept on chunking them out.


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