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Murder on Diamond Row (1937)

The Squeaker (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 11 November 1937 (USA)
London's jewel thieves are under the thumb of a mysterious fence, who ruthlessly exposes any thief who crosses him. Desperate, Scotland Yard re-hires ex-Inspector Barrabal who, as a known ... See full summary »

Director:

William K. Howard

Writers:

Edgar Wallace (by), Bryan Edgar Wallace (scenario) (as Bryan Wallace) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmund Lowe ... Barrabal
Sebastian Shaw ... Frank Sutton
Ann Todd ... Carol Stedman
Tamara Desni ... Tamara
Robert Newton ... Larry Graeme
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... Inspector Elford
Alastair Sim ... Joshua Collie
Stewart Rome ... Superintendent Marshall
Mabel Terry-Lewis ... Mrs. Stedman
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... Mr. Field
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London's jewel thieves are under the thumb of a mysterious fence, who ruthlessly exposes any thief who crosses him. Desperate, Scotland Yard re-hires ex-Inspector Barrabal who, as a known drunkard, is ideally suited to go undercover with a faked criminal record (which may spoil his chances with lovely Carol Stedman). Interested parties: Larry Graeme, cat burglar; his girl, sexy dancer Tamara; Collie, sardonic reporter. Then murder makes apprehension of the Squeaker urgent. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder on Diamond Row See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Wide Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered in St. Louis Sunday 6 June 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), in Philadelphia Friday 16 July 1948 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Boston Sunday 25 July 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Chicago Sunday 1 August 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), in both New York City and Cleveland Sunday 22 August 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11) and on WEWS (Channel 5), in Los Angeles 30 November 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in Baltimore Saturday 15 January 1949 on WMAR (Channel 2). The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942. See more »

Goofs

When the couple walk from the hall to the main room at the ball the planks for the camera dolly are visible in the doorway. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Field: I've got two million readers to please. And right now they'd like to know who stole the Van Risik pearls.
Joshua Collie: Aye. And so would Scotland Yard!
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Connections

Version of The Squeaker (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

I CAN'T GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU
(uncredited)
Written by William Kernell
Sung and Danced by Tamara Desni
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A quaint but charming Edgar Wallace tale
22 June 2002 | by spanishflea50See all my reviews

I caught the film on the Studio channel after setting my TiVo to record anything with Alastair Sim in. As the film progressed I went from smiling at it's old-fashioned mannerisms to a real enjoyment of the storyline and the characterisation. Edgar Wallace crime novels sold in their millions in the thirties and forties and would have guarenteed a healthy audience at the cinema. The plot is quite simple: a 'fence' is operating in London and covering his tracks by framing his criminal associates ('squeaking' on them). A sacked detective with a drinking problem is given a chance to redeem himself by exposing 'The Squeaker'. Of course he falls in love with the scoundrel's respectable and innocent fiance in the process. Alastair Sim, one of my favourite actors of this era, plays an investigative reporter with a rather over the top scottish accent. Also of interest are what appear to be a music hall double act (sadly uncredited) as bell-boys in the numerous club scenes. The club scenes are an excuse to show off the minor plot character Tamara; a chanteuse in love the the squeaker's last victim. The dramatic denouement is The Squeaker's confession following unendurable psychological pressure applied by the suave, dapper Inspector Barrabel(played by Edmund Lowe - he looks rather like a poor man's Errol Flynn). Produced by the great Alexander Korda, this is highly entertaining.


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