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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
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Back in 1919, Ambrose Park (Red Skelton) was left on a bench in Central Park and his parents never returned--so he was raised in an orphanage. He is grown but has a compulsive need to find his parents and goes to the bench regularly...hoping they'll return. Some crooks learn about this and Ambrose's job as an assistant diamond cutter and they plan on exploiting it. They pose as his long-lost family and announce themselves to Ambrose. What he doesn't realize is that this is all a scheme to rob his boss of a super-valuable diamond and they'll then force Ambrose to cut it for them. Can Ambrose realize the ruse before it's too late?
While this is Skelton's last film for MGM (a studio he'd been with since 1940), this does not mean it's a bad one. On the contrary, too often Skelton was saddled with films that were jam-packed with song and dance numbers--something that was NOT his forte. He was a funny man...and here in "The Great Diamond Robbery" he's allowed to be funny...and is well supported with a funny supporting cast as his fake family. Well worth seeing and among Skelton's better films.
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