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The Diamond Wizard (1954)

The Diamond (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Sci-Fi, Drama | 28 July 1954 (USA)
An American Treasury agent teams up with a Scotland Yard inspector to track down a group of thieves that are creating artificial diamonds out of sugar.

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Joe Dennison
Margaret Sheridan ...
Marline Miller
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Inspector Hector 'Mac' McClaren
Alan Wheatley ...
Thompson Blake
Francis De Wolff ...
Yeo
Eric Berry ...
Hunziger
Gudrun Ure ...
Sgt. Smith (as Ann Gudrun)
Paul Hardtmuth ...
Dr. Eric Miller
Colin Tapley ...
Sir Stafford Beach
Donald Gray ...
Commander Gilles
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Castle
Michael Balfour ...
Hoxie
Seymour Green ...
Lascelles
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U.S. Treasury Investigator Joe Dennison is sent to England on the trail of a gang of thieves responsible for stealing a million dollars from a U.S. Treasury vault. One of the crooks is on his way to England to spend the money on phony diamonds. Scotland Yard Inspector McClaren, assigned to work with Dennison on the case, is also working on the disappearance of Dr. Eric Miller, an atomic scientist. Dennison discovers while interviewing Miller's daughter Marlene that she is wearing a brooch containing a phony diamond, and the brooch had been made by her father. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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3000 Miles Of Desperate Man-Hunt!

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Crime | Sci-Fi | Drama

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28 July 1954 (USA)  »

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The Diamond Wizard  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.65 : 1
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Montgomery Tully is credited as sole director on British prints; Dennis O'Keefe is only credited on US prints. See more »

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When the crooks land on the coast near Great Yarmouth, they get into the Jaguar and head north, but the policemen radio to HQ that the Jaguar is going south. See more »

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pretty typical except for the ending
8 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Likable actor Dennis O'Keefe made a couple of films in England in the '50s. "The Diamond Wizard" from 1954 is his baby all the way - he wrote the original story using a pseudonym (Jonathan Rix), he directed it, and he starred in it.

O'Keefe plays Joe Dennison, a Treasury Dept. investigator in England trying to find a gang who stole a million dollars from a treasury vault and also killed his partner. One of the criminals apparently is in England to buy fake diamonds, though they realize he must be coming by ship because he as of yet isn't in England.

The Scotland Yard inspector, McClaren, is working with Dennison on the case while also searching for Dr. Eric Miller, an atomic scientist who has disappeared. His daughter, who came to England to join her father, has a broach with phony diamonds, made by her father. So is he somehow involved with the thieves? This isn't a very interesting film until the end, where the location is an incredible castle. The whole end moves at a great pace, is suspenseful and atmospheric. I wish the whole movie had been that way. It's odd in the way it starts out as somewhat light, with both men competing for the missing man daughter's affections, and then has this big ending. Both lead actors, O'Keefe and Philip Friend (the inspector) are very charming.

The story is derivative, but I love the idea of the phony diamonds -- there are so many of these today, and they even mention Moissan, whose product, Moissanite is available (and expensive) today.


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