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The Great Diamond Robbery (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 29 January 1954 (USA)
Ambrose C. Park (Red Skelton), left on a park bench as an infant with an impulsive need to find his parents, is an assistant to a diamond cutter. Shyster lawyer Remlick (James Whitmore), in... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Ambrose C. Park
Maggie Drumman
Mr. Remlick, Lawyer
Dorothy Stickney ...
Emily Drumman
Duke Fargoh
Bainbridge Gibbons
Connie Gilchrist ...
Van Goosen
Mr. Sahutsky


Ambrose C. Park (Red Skelton), left on a park bench as an infant with an impulsive need to find his parents, is an assistant to a diamond cutter. Shyster lawyer Remlick (James Whitmore), in a strategy to get a fabulous uncut diamond through Ambrose, arranges for Emmily Drummon (Dorothy Stickney), Duke Fargoh (George Mathews) and Maggie Drummon (Cara Williams)to pose as Ambrose's long-lost parents and sister. The diamond, through many comic situations, is acquired and the gang is going to have Ambrose cut the diamond, and relieve him of the two stones and also his parental illusions at the same time. But Maggie, who has no taste for the deception, tips Ambrose off and a wild chase ensues. At the end, Ambrose is very happy as he can now marry his "sister." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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diamond | robbery | jewel thief | See All (3) »


A NEW Uproarious Role in the Career of the World's Funniest Man


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

29 January 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le vol du diamant bleu  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Skelton's last film for MGM. He had been under contract with the studio since 1940. See more »


In the end credits of the movie 'Kurt Kaszar' is listed as playing "Louie". However the character's name is actually Tony. See more »


Referenced in Lopez: George Gets Roasted (2016) See more »

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Ambrose Central Park
29 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In what clearly was a B picture and no frills other than the comic genius of Red Skelton MGM bid farewell to Skelton with The Great Diamond Robbery. I will say that MGM did give him a good supporting cast.

Red is a foundling who goes by the name of Ambrose C. Park, the "C" stands for Central. He was a baby taken in and raised by Reginald Owen and apprenticed in the jewelry trade. But he's Red Skelton and diamond cutter though he be Owen will not trust him in the cutting of a famous diamond in his possession.

But shyster lawyer James Whitmore gets a hold of the naive and unworldly Skelton who's not as bad as Peter Sellers in Being There, but close enough. He gets George Matthews, Dorothy Stickney, and Cara Williams to play his long lost parents and sister. Later on some higher up on the food chain crooks Kurt Kaszner and Harry Bellaver cut themselves in on the jewel caper they've planned which can be accomplished once they've conned Skelton into cutting the valuable diamond.

More pathos than some of Skelton's more outlandish physical comedy which can be found more on television in which he was spending more time is in The Great Diamond Robbery. Next to Skelton, the women in this film are the most memorable with Stickney especially funny as the old moll as the new Mom.

Skelton fans will appreciate this, but it's not one of his better films.

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