An English bookkeeper (Nigel Patrick) who works for a jeweler steals a priceless jewel, and kills a man in the process. He flees to the continent and embarks on the life of his dreams; ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Milo March
Trudie Hall
Sam Carter
Bonar Colleano ...
Martin Lomer
Sean Kelly ...
Sidney James ...
Josephine Brown ...
Mrs. Frazur
Alec Mango ...
Anne Aubrey ...
Girl on Train
Mary Laura Wood ...
Mrs. Pritchard
Pamela Pritchard
Alfred Burke ...
Mr. Pritchard


An English bookkeeper (Nigel Patrick) who works for a jeweler steals a priceless jewel, and kills a man in the process. He flees to the continent and embarks on the life of his dreams; spending lavishly and pursuing women (including Anita Ekberg). A detective (Jack Palance) tracking him soon discovers that he's not the only one looking for him and begins to suspect there's more to the case than just an ordinary jewel theft. Written by Ken Holsgrove

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A diamond is for evil...


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Release Date:

December 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann ohne Nerven  »

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(Westrex Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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This was Bonar Colleano's final film before he was killed in a car accident on August 18, 1958 at the age of 34, three weeks before the film was released. See more »


Written by Joe Henderson
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A Curious Misfire
16 November 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A detective pursues a stolen diamond and a voluptuous mystery woman.

This is a curious production that had me puzzled until I read Zipper69's informative, if dismissive, review. In my view, he's a little too negative, but the movie remains a disappointment, mainly because of the odd casting. As an actor, Jack Palance may be many good things, but a dashing leading man he's not. Plus, his performance here remains just plain weird, the southern accent about as good as mine. I'm not sure what Palance is reaching for, but the director should have exercised better control. Then there's Ekberg, the mammary goddess, who's a first-rate model, but a third-rate actress, especially as a mystery woman. Between them, they distract heavily from the story itself.

Nonetheless, the plot twists with the golf ball are cleverly inventive, along with the hectic park scene with the magician and the kids. There's also some good noirish photography, but that car trapping the man in the narrow alley was a crime drama cliché even in 1958. Nonetheless, with more appropriate casting and a more engaged director, the film did have real potential. Too bad, it remains a disappointing misfire.

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