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The Diamond Thieves (1917)

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There is a mysterious flooding of the American market with gems of astonishing brilliancy which alarms the Kimberly interests controlling the output. Unable, through their own efforts, to ... See full summary »

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There is a mysterious flooding of the American market with gems of astonishing brilliancy which alarms the Kimberly interests controlling the output. Unable, through their own efforts, to locate the source of the new stones, they secure the services of Westerly, a detective. Westerly gets a clue on Shedah, who is always guarded by two Hindoo servants. Only through his double, disguised to represent himself, is he able to shadow Shedah to the sacred laboratory, where the alchemist manufactures the diamonds. He is found and a fight takes place. The detective is battered out of the place, as Shedah destroys the laboratory with all its secrets. They elude the detective and his assistants for some time. Westerly traces the Hindoo party to another seaport and at length rounds them up at a fashionable ball. Again they escape. Here the Hindoos are overpowered, and again they are followed to their private yacht, where the Hindoos are overpowered and as the alchemist is about to be taken in the... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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a gem of a movie
9 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Boy - was this a surprise. It was part of a package of thriller movies, a mix of crap, and pretty good. "Diamond Thieves" was very good - make that two 'veries.' First of all, the plot was complex but it all came together at the end, and it was an intelligent, well-penned story that kept you intrigued from start to finish.

The acting? Top notch. It starred Lee Van Cleef and it gave him a range most of his other flicks did not. He was riveting. When it comes to looking evil, well, just give him a close-up, and that face shows you what evil looks like. He is one of moviedom's best villains.

A surprise was Edward Arnold Jr. - Eddie's son - and his performance was so good you wonder why he did not get closer to stardom. Lionel Stander was excellent as usual, but the scene stealer was Karen Black as a ditsy NYC chick. She was a blast.

The movie was filmed in my hometown - NYC - and the photography was just right, as was the music for the movie.

I know zilch about the history of this movie, but if you can get your paws on it,I promise, you won't regret it.


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