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Release Date:
29 January 1954 (USA) See more »
A NEW Uproarious Role in the Career of the World's Funniest Man
Ambrose C. Park (Red Skelton), left on a park bench as an infant with an impulsive need to find his parents... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Red Skelton ... Ambrose C. Park

Cara Williams ... Maggie Drumman

James Whitmore ... Mr. Remlick, Lawyer

Kurt Kasznar ... Louie
Dorothy Stickney ... Emily Drumman
George Mathews ... Duke Fargoh

Reginald Owen ... Bainbridge Gibbons

Harry Bellaver ... Herb
Connie Gilchrist ... Blonde
Steven Geray ... Van Goosen
Sig Arno ... Mr. Sahutsky
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Ames ... Toughie (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ed Cassidy ... Guard (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Nightwatchman Connelly (uncredited)
Linda Danson ... Dancing Girl (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Doorman (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... Policeman (uncredited)

Jean Fenwick ... Secretary (uncredited)
Ed Fury ... Interne (uncredited)
Robert Griffin ... Judge (uncredited)

William Haade ... Mike, the Policeman (uncredited)

Jack Kruschen ... Cafe Counterman (uncredited)
Judy Landon ... Dancing Girl (uncredited)
Earl Lee ... Dr. Hammond (uncredited)
Matt Moore ... Preacher (uncredited)
Tom Moore ... Seedy Man (uncredited)

Anna Q. Nilsson ... Nurse (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Policeman (uncredited)
Mary Parker ... Drunk's Wife (uncredited)

Stuart Randall ... Nightclub Manager (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... The Big Drunk (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Italian (uncredited)

Olan Soule ... Mr. Heinsdorfer, Gibbons' Floor Manager (uncredited)

Robert Stevenson ... Guard (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Policeman (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Interne (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Policeman (uncredited)
Chris Warfield ... Father (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Z. Leonard 
Writing credits
László Vadnay (screenplay) (as Laslo Vadnay) and
Martin Rackin (screenplay)

László Vadnay (story) (as Laslo Vadnay)

George Oppenheimer  uncredited

Produced by
Edwin H. Knopf .... producer
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg 
Film Editing by
George White 
Art Direction by
Daniel B. Cathcart 
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Jack D. Moore 
Edwin B. Willis 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Production Management
Charles J. Hunt .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Nayfack .... assistant director
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director
Sound Department
Norwood A. Fenton .... sound
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Music Department
Rudolph G. Kopp .... musical director
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Buttolph .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Adolph Deutsch .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Rudolph G. Kopp .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
André Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Rose .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Herbert Stothart .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Grace Dubray .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

This was Skelton's last film for MGM. He had been under contract with the studio since 1940.See more »
Continuity: In the end credits of the movie 'Kurt Kaszar' is listed as playing "Louie". However the character's name is actually Tony.See more »


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Ambrose Central Park, 29 August 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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