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The Rise And Fall Of Legs Diamond (Remastered) (1960)

Ray Danton , Karen Steele , Budd Boetticher  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ray Danton, Karen Steele, Elaine Stewart
  • Directors: Budd Boetticher
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DIR4CQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Jack Diamond had the moves. Some were on the dance floor, where he earned the nickname Legs. Others were in the streets of New York, where he built a criminal empire in the Roaring '20s - and was the target of so many gangland shootouts he was also dubbed the Clay Pigeon. Made when the popularity of TV's The Untouchables swept the land, this taut thriller directed by veteran Budd Boetticher (The Bullfighter and the Lady, Seven Men from Now) tells its true story with style, nerve and machine-gun pacing. Handsome Ray Danton plays Legs, a man so fearless and opportunistic you'd swear drain cleaner pumps through his veins. Great character players and rising hopefuls (such as Dyan Cannon as mob "pigeon" Dixie) adds to the terrific pleasures of this throwback to classic Warner Bros. 1930s gangster sagas. It's one scorching ride.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful story telling of Prohibition mobster !! January 2, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Talented director / screenwriter Budd Boetticher brought to life the violent story of infamous gangster, Jack "Legs" Diamond in this often overlooked, but high quality addition to the crime genre. The filming of this production in harsh black and white tones adds further realism to this gritty tale of illegal activities, shadowy ambushes and executions !
Ray Danton is superb in the lead role as the treacherous and manipulative small time hoodlum who arrive's in New York and immediately sets about muscling in on everyone elses racket to build his own empire. A very young Warren Oates plays Danton's sickly brother, Eddie Diamond, in a low key yet interesting performance. Simon Oakland is the aggressive and determined Lt. Moody hounding Diamond every step of the way...and Robert Lowerey portrays Prohibition kingpin Arnold Rothstein.
Boetticher's direction is fluid and crisp and he keeps this film noir gem tightly paced and holding your interest all the way through. Although Danton was never a major star, he simply shines in this film and his oily nature and good looks made him the perfect choice to play "the clay pidgeon" of the Prohibition era underworld.
An engaging and stimulating film that will be enjoyed by fans of film noir underworld drama !
FOOTNOTE: Diamond was known as "the clay pidgeon" of the underworld because of his repeated ability to survive assassination attempts...until he was betrayed and caught asleep one night and shot 6 times in the head ! And Diamond was not actually nicknamed "Legs" because of his dancing abilities, but rather for his habit on running out on his friends !
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie, but .... September 7, 2011
Format:DVD
The movie is great with Ray Danton turning in what could be the role of his career. Along with a new 'bit' actress Dyan Cannon as his 'moll' and B-movie stalwart Warren Oates, it's a very realistic 'gangster' film that doesn't glorify the lifestyle such as later 'gangster' films. If you liked CAPONE with Ben Gazzara, you'll like this!
But - like all Warner Bros. Archives releases, if you have a DVD/VCR combo unit, the disc formatting probably won't allow it to be played on your machine. There are countless Warner Bros. Archives films I would love to own, but what's the good of owning them unless I can play them. One of these days, I'll buy another player just for the Warner issues, but until then, make sure your player will accept the formatting on these discs. As far as I can tell, Warner Bros. Archives is the only company that has this problem. And why they 'did it' to us is beyond me. Are you listening Warner Bros.??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Danton is at his handsomest and ruthlessness as he makes his marks on the gangster underworld, using his good looks and charm to get the most from his girlfriends while plotting to become head of the Mob. A wonderful Warner Bros. crime-er in B&W.

Dr. Ronald Schwartz, Manhattan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gangster Film May 6, 2013
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This is an early 1960's gangster film starring Ray Danton as Legs Diamond. Danton is just about perfect in this role. The atmosphere and setting of Diamond's rise to success in the rackets is traced in a very convincing style. The film is in black and white, and this really helps the atmosphere of the movie. I rate this movie highly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really great movie about a very interesting outlaw. January 24, 2014
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This movie makes me appreciate and admire the life of Legs Diamond. He is definitely one of the good "bad guys".
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD MOBSTER MOVIE! April 6, 2013
By Bela
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I ALWAYS LIKE RAY DANNON ON TV SHOWS. I NEVER KNEW HE WAS A BIG STAR AT ONE TIME.
I LOVE OLD MOBSTER MOVIES SO I SAW HIM IN IT AND IT WAS WORTH IT. WARREN OATES IS
HIS YOUNGER BROTHER IS GREAT. VERY WELL MADE AND ACTED. CAN'T BELIEVE THIS WASN'T
EVER RUN ON LATE NIGHT MOVIES. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gangster December 15, 2012
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Legs diamond based on a true story good old action and drama a dancer who became public enemy no 1made in the late 50s with a style of 30s an 40s gangster films look for a young dyan cannon who plays Dixie lots of great shootout s an great print watch. Enjoy of a by gone era
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous dancing ganster
Wore out the tape as it's one of our favourite movies. Danton is delicious and dangerous. Black and white makes the perfect documentary feel and the pace and editing are superb. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Hattie Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Danton was born to play Legs Diamond
Since I cut the cable cord I wouldn't have a chance to see this movie on Turner Classics so I decided to purchase it. Have always like this movie especially Ray Danton. Read more
Published 4 days ago by DELILAH
2.0 out of 5 stars Gangster flick misfires!
Highly disappointing gangster story misfires on its slow pacing, and stiff acting. Ray Danton's performance is a letdown in his lackluster lead role as Legs Diamond. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michael Drumstix
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
I love older movies... Back and whites are my favorites! This was a good movie. A classic. I highly recommend. ;)
Published 14 months ago by K. Hayes
2.0 out of 5 stars A film without legs.........
THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND(1960) Directed by Bud Boetticher.

Starring Ray Danton(as Jack "Legs" Diamond), Warren Oates (as Eddie Diamond), Jesse White, Frank... Read more
Published 24 months ago by The Mysterious Traveler
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find VHS movies
I bought this as a gift for my husband. He was so excited as he loves these old "wise guys" black and white movies. Good quality VHS.
Published on March 29, 2010 by Josephine Dzygala
3.0 out of 5 stars Formula gangster pic with nothing new to offer
Since Little Caesar and Al Capone, gangster films by this time had a plot formula to follow: poor thief follows plan to take over the mob and replace the boss, climbs the ladder to... Read more
Published on August 1, 2008 by Hollywood Hack
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