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The Peterville Diamond (1943)

 |  Comedy  |  11 January 1943 (UK)
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The ignored wife of an industrialist hatches a plot to make him pay more attention to her.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Crawford ...
Donald Stewart ...
Charles Mortimer
Renee Houston ...
Lady Margaret
Baron Redburn
Charles Heslop ...
Joseph (as Bill Hartnell)
Felix Aylmer ...
Charles Victor ...
Joss Ambler ...
Police Chief
Paul Sheridan ...
Jeremy Hawk ...
Julian Somers ...
Rosamund Greenwood ...
Miss Geach
Billy Holland ...
First Detective Inspector
Noel Dainton ...
Second Detective Inspector


While in a Latin American country to close a big financial deal, Charles Mortimer is so engrossed in business that he neglects his wife Teri -- and doesn't even realize her discontent. In order to shake Charles out of his business fog, Teri plots to make him jealous, or at the very least take notice of her when she buys an expensive diamond ring. But while the Mortimers are in the jewel shop, they are caught up in a robbery, during which the ring and other items are stolen -- and Teri seems to hit it off with the suave robber. Their paths cross again later that night when the Mortimers hold a state dinner for the country's president, and the robber turns up as one of their guests. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Release Date:

11 January 1943 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

O Diamante Famoso  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film had its U. S. television premiere on Turner Classic Movies on 17 September 2007 during TCM's festival of films made by Warner Brothers at Teddington Studios in the UK. See more »


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A Classic Comedy with Deep Roots
21 September 2007 | by (Virginia, U.S.) – See all my reviews

Kudos to writers Gordon Wellesley and Brock Williams for supplying director Walter Forde with an unusually good comic screenplay. Yes, that's right -- I liked it. It reminded me of the Mozartean comic operas that go round and round in circles like a dog chasing its tail. After awhile you simply can't keep up with the implications of each of the plot's many twists and turns. But that's the verdict of the lazy spoon-fed audiences of today. The sharper audiences of Mozart's time had no trouble keeping up. What a refreshing bit of fun it was! The suave robber (in this case played scintillatingly by Oliver Wakefield) may be the cliché of clichés, but it's always a good time. The married woman (Anne Crawford) who gets caught up in the intrigue and displays second thoughts about her husband (the character goes back at least as far as Mrs. Ford in Shakespeare's "Merry Wives of Windsor") is here bestowed a decently delicious amount of ambiguity. Only the husband (Donald Stewart) seems a bit wooden. And the second tier characters are also as masterfully drawn as many in Shakespeare.

There are more famous Hollywood comedies of this type that get far more attention and aren't half as good as this little gem. My humble suggestion: Sit back and enjoy it!

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