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Diamond City (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Adventure | 1950 (Austria)
Set in the diamond fields of South Africa, Stafford Parker is a lawman trying to maintain a semblance of law and order in the "Wild South".

Director:

David MacDonald (as David Macdonald)

Writers:

Roger Bray (from an original screen story by), Roland Pertwee (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Farrar ... Stafford Parker
Honor Blackman ... Mary Hart
Diana Dors ... Dora
Niall MacGinnis ... Muller
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford ... David Raymond
Mervyn Johns ... Hart
Phyllis Monkman Phyllis Monkman ... Ma Bracken
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Brandy Bill
Bill Owen ... Pinto
Philo Hauser Philo Hauser ... Piet Quieman
John Blythe ... Izzy Cohen
Dennis Vance ... Rogers
Norris Smith Norris Smith ... Jan Bloem
John Salew John Salew ... Dr. Wood
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ... Vanderbyl
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Storyline

The story of Diamond City takes place in the South African diamond fields during the latter half of the 19th Century and indeed much of the filming took place on the actual land where the events actually took place. Stafford Parker (David Farrar) is a self appointed peace-keeper in Hopetown, nearest settlement to the diamond fields. It is 1870, and when news spreads of a big find Stafford Parker hurries off to see the old chief, in whose land the find was made. Stafford asks the old chief (Norris Smith) to grant him the concession to work the new diamond fields as the sole agent. Whilst they are talking, the old man's nephew arrives with a counter proposal from his employer, the unscrupulous rum-dealer and illicit diamond buyer, Muller (Niall McGinnis). Stafford gets the concession but has to convince Muller to accept his authority in a fist fight. Muller appears to agree to Stafford registering the claims and administering the town, however he continues to plot and scheme. When ... Written by Charles Brickley

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diamond | digger | africa | 1870s | gamble | See All (5) »

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Drama | Adventure

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1950 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Männer, Mädchen, Diamanten See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Good "British Western" that compares well with USA Westerns
12 September 2018 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

I guess that the two very recent reviews were prompted by DC being screened on the excellent British TV channel Talking Pictures. (I watch more films on it than all the other TV channels together.) The film's based on fact though I couldn't find much about Stafford Parker on the Web, save that he customarily wore a large white top hat!

David Farrar didn't fully convince as Parker, his slight build making him an unlikely victor in his gritty fistfight with the far larger Niall MacGinnis. But generally the acting was very acceptable and I was impressed with the realistic grubbiness of Klipdrift and its residents - a welcome contrast to the neat towns and smarty-turned out actors of most American Westerns.

At least three of the cast had appeared together in "A Boy, a Girl and a Bike", released the same year as DC: Honor Blackman, Diana Dors and John Blythe.


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