The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)

 |  Crime, History  |  15 May 1960 (Japan)
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Jack Diamond and his sickly brother arrive in prohibition New York as jewellery thieves. After a spell in jail the coldly ambitious Diamond hits on the idea of stealing from thieves himself... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Alice Scott
Monica Drake
Leo 'Butcher' Bremer
Lt. Moody
Judson Pratt ...
Fats Walsh
Eddie Diamond
Syndicate Chairman
Sgt. Joe Cassidy
Matt Moran
Dixie (as Diane Cannon)
Richard Gardner ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Hudson ...
Undetermined Supporting Role (scenes deleted)


Jack Diamond and his sickly brother arrive in prohibition New York as jewellery thieves. After a spell in jail the coldly ambitious Diamond hits on the idea of stealing from thieves himself, and sets about getting close to gangster boss Arnold Rothstein to move in on his booze, girls, gambling, and drugs operations. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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15 May 1960 (Japan)  »

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J.D., der Killer  »

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Terrific entertainment! Ray Danton and Warren Oates are both wonderful.
6 August 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I'd never heard a thing about this one before I put it in my video player. I knew Warren Oates (one of my favourite character actors - 'The Shooting', 'The Wild Bunch', 'Two-Lane Blacktop', 'Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia',etc.) was in the supporting cast and that was enough for me to give it a go. I know absolutely nothing about the real life exploits of 1930s gangster Jack 'Legs' Diamond, so this movie is more than likely utter fiction, but hey, I didn't watch it for a history lesson, I watched it to be entertained, and it certainly did that! It's a terrific picture, very cool and constantly engaging. Oates plays Legs' sickly "lunger" brother Eddie and he's very good, as are the three sexy women in Legs' life (Karen Steele, Elaine Stewart and a young Dyan Cannon). There are also several familiar faces in the supporting cast that you'll recognize from half forgotten old movies , but Ray Danton completely steals the film as Diamond. I'm very surprised after watching this that Danton didn't go on to be a major star as he is very charismatic and a credible actor. If you like crime movies try and find 'The Rise And Fall Of Legs Diamond'. It may be obscure but it's a really good b-picture and not to be overlooked.

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