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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
Philip Friend ...
Insp. McClaren
Alan Wheatley ...
Thompson Blake
Paul Hardtmuth ...
Dr. Eric Miller
Francis De Wolff ...
Yeo
Eric Berry ...
Hunziger
Michael Balfour ...
Hoxie
Gudrun Ure ...
Sgt. Smith (as Ann Gudrun)
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Castle
Seymour Green ...
Lascelles
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Donald Gray ...
Commander Gilles
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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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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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17 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

IMDb Trivia: One of the "75 Most Wanted" films listed by the British Film Institute as "Missing, believed lost".

I saw this film on Netflix, so apparently it is NOT lost--at least not any more.

Dennis O'Keefe plays a Treasury Department agent who has been sent to Britain. This is because there may be an organization that has learned to produce perfect diamonds--ones that are so perfect it could destroy the market. The trail leads to a scientist--a scientist who has disappeared. Although the chances are ridiculous, the wanted man's daughter just happens to be a lady that the Treasury man was dating! He's afraid to tell her about everyone's suspicions about her father and he and Scotland Yard are baffled.

This is a decent British version of film noir. While it's not quite as dark as many films in the genre, it is tough and violent and enjoyable. However, it does start off very slowly--so keep watching and don't give up on this one--it's worth it.

If you do watch a couple things you should note. First, at one point in the film they talk about a remarkable fake diamond being produced in 1924. While it was believed in 1954 that this was true, apparently this was a hoax and that part isn't mentioned in the film. Second, when O'Keefe is chased by a truck he's knocked onto the cobblestones. Watch closely--these cobblestones bounce--revealing they are clearly props.


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