While on our vacation last week I enjoyed streaming a movie each night on my Kindle Fire; I used three different services, as they all offer unique and interesting titles. I'll be reviewing the films over the coming days, along with sharing photos from our trip!
First up was THE DIAMOND WIZARD (1954), known in the UK simply as THE DIAMOND, which I watched via Amazon Prime.
THE DIAMOND WIZARD stars Dennis O'Keefe as a U.S. Treasury agent in London, where he works with Scotland Yard to break up a counterfeit diamond ring. The movie was a rare directing credit for O'Keefe, who also helped create the story; Montgomery Tully also worked on directing the film.
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Joe and Mac are friendly rivals for Joe's old flame, lovely Marline (Margaret Sheridan, I, THE JURY and ONE MINUTE TO ZERO). In one of those "only in the movies" amazing coincidences, Marline's father has disappeared and may have something to do with the nefarious goings-on.
Mac eventually realizes that his efficient assistant, Sgt. Smith (Ann Gudrin of TERROR STREET), might be worth a second look, so it seems that everyone will be nicely paired off after the end credits roll.
The movie has plenty of great British atmosphere, with double-decker busses rolling past in the background while the characters walk down the streets of London. There's an absolutely fantastic chase scene involving one of the London Underground's grand old wooden escalators, sure to warm the heart of anyone who loves the Tube. Just watching that scene made me long to return to one of my very favorite places.
You may have seen it all a million times before, but the congenial cast, the crime story with dashes of humor and romance, and the London setting all made this film a winner for me, quite a pleasant way to spent 83 minutes. In recent months I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing a number of early '50s films made in Britain with American lead actors, and this was another fun title.
THE DIAMOND WIZARD is a black and white film, originally shot in 3D by Arthur Graham. The supporting cast includes Alan Wheatley, Paul Hardtmuth, Francis De Wolff, Eric Berry, and Cyril Chamberlain.