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Amateur Crook (1937)

Passed  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  10 December 1937 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Baxter (as Herman Brix)
Joan Barclay ...
Betsy Cummings - alias Mary Layton
Monte Blue ...
Jack Mulhall ...
Jan Jaffin
Vivien Oakland ...
Mrs. Flint - Landlady
Jimmy Aubrey ...
Ben Armand - Junk Dealer
Fuzzy Knight ...
Jape - Gas-Station Attendant
Henry Roquemore ...
Judge Ephraim (as Henry Rocquemore)
Edward Earle ...
Deputy Jonas
Forrest Taylor ...
Jerry Cummings
Fern Emmett ...
Sarah - Ephraim's Wife
Samuel Adams ...
Policeman (as Sam Adams)
Charles Williams ...
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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 <>

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Jewel Thief  »

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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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