The Rise And Fall Of Legs Diamond (Remastered)
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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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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 !
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.??
Dr. Ronald Schwartz, Manhattan
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great prohibition era film. Script and acting are top-notch. Excitement all the way.
A true tale excellently unveiled.
Totally inaccurate bio of Legs Diamond as all famous Gangster Bios of that EraPublished 11 months ago by Steve Van Hook
My favorite gangster movie growing up, and it still is great veiwingPublished 13 months ago by james a smith
Saw this years ago but it is still a good one.....Ray Danton is excellent!Published 17 months ago by Nancy Hanson
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