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Diamond Jim (1935)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 2 September 1935 (USA)
The story of legendary gambler Diamond Jim Brady and his romance with entertainer Lillian Russell.


Parker Morell (novel), Preston Sturges (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Arnold ... Diamond Jim Brady
Jean Arthur ... Jane Matthews / Emma
Binnie Barnes ... Lillian Russell
Cesar Romero ... Jerry Richardson
Eric Blore ... Sampson Fox
Hugh O'Connell ... Charles B. Horsley
George Sidney ... Pawnbroker
Robert McWade ... A.E. Moore
Charles Sellon ... John Touchey
Henry Kolker ... J.C. Randolf - Bank President
William Demarest ... Harry Hill
Albert Conti ... Jeweler
Armand Kaliz ... Jewelry Salesman
Tully Marshall ... Minister
Purnell Pratt ... Physician


A highly fictional rags-to-riches biography of Diamond Jim Brady (Edward Arnold), with undue emphasis on his voracious food appetite, finds the multi-millionaire involved in an unrequited love affair with Jane Matthews (Jean Arthur) who loves Jerry Richrdson (Cesar Romero) who, in turn, is the object of the affections of Lillian Russell (Binnie Barnes). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Edward Arnold would later reprise his role as Diamond Jim Brady in Lillian Russell (1940). See more »

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Diamond Jim, the Irish-American Prince
4 January 2017 | by bugsmoran29See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this biopic of "Diamond" Jim Brady, who was a celebrity in his native New York City at the end of the 19th century. A bigger-than-life man about town, Jim made his fortune in the railroad industry, and he spent his fortune on diamonds (hence his nickname), fancy clothes and huge meals. A powerful eating man was Jim! He loved his oysters and lobsters: he drank buckets of orange juice. He also showered his fortune upon two women he loved but who didn't love him in turn. Edward Arnold was an ideal actor to play the part of the easy- going Brady. A young Cesar Romero is along as the romantic male lead.This movie has it sad parts.

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Release Date:

2 September 1935 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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