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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 »


William K. Howard


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




Complete credited cast:
Edmund Lowe ... Barrabal
Sebastian Shaw ... Frank Sutton
Ann Todd ... Carol Stedman
Tamara Desni ... Tamara
Robert Newton ... Larry Graeme
Allan Jeayes ... Inspector Elford
Alastair Sim ... Joshua Collie
Stewart Rome ... Superintendent Marshall
Mabel Terry-Lewis ... Mrs. Stedman
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... Mr. Field


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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Alastair Sim would appear in another adaptation of Edgar Wallace the following year, "The Terror." See more »


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 »


Police Sgt. Hawkins: I don't know how you can be my son and still be such a fool.
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Written by Ted Berkman and Joel Irwin
Sung and Danced by Tamara Desni
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Interesting British crime drama
7 April 2015 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

Scotland Yard is baffled and frustrated by a jewel fence and informer known as "The Squeaker." In an effort to catch the elusive criminal they re-hire former Inspector Barrabal (Lowe), a brilliant police officer who left the force because of excessive drinking. Suspicious of a businessman who has a penchant for hiring petty ex-convicts, Barrabal goes undercover pretending to be an ex-con. The ending is a bit hokey but it did nicely wrap things up. Lowe does an adequate job as the polished and pleasant Barrabal. I best remember Lowe from the films he and Victor McLaglen did together (What Price Glory? and its sequels and Guilty as Hell). He was better in those movies. And poor Ann Todd - she has a totally thankless (and unmemorable) role in this movie. But, more than making up for this waste, are Robert Newton as a jewel thief (Larry Graeme) who knows who The Squeaker is, and Alistair Sim as the reporter (Joshua Collie) covering The Squeaker's exploits. Newton's character is one thief I kinda hoped would get away with it. As most would agree, Sim is an actor than can make every role, even a small one, memorable. To my recollection, I've only seen one other movie based on Edgar Wallace's work - The Terror. Sim is in that movie as well and is a riot. This movie may not be quite as good as that one but it never drags and holds one's interest to the end. Especially Sim and Wallace fans should see.

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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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