THE DIAMOND (the diamond wizard) (1954 U.K.) D/W: "JONATHAN RIX" (DENNIS O`KEEFE) D: MONTGOMERY TULLY W: J.C. HIGGINS P: STEVEN PALLOS
Director O`Keefe stars as an American Federal Treasury agent who comes to London to bust whoever is making synthetic forgeries of perfect diamonds. Local Scotland Yard Inspector Philip Friend helps him, and love interest Margaret Sheridan (from THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD and I, THE JURY)`s missing scientist father is involved. Watchable but unremarkable programmer based on the novel Rich I, The Treasure by Maurice Procter (HELL IS A CITY was also based on one of his novels), it does include one good set piece on the escalator at St. John`s Wood tube station, and a fistfights-and-fire climax in a castle with a massive belching furnace that makes me wish there was an UK companion series to those Forgotten Horrors books (it`s right out of an old serial). A good castle miniature explodes too. The car tailing relay is pretty unlikely though. O`Keefe (who co-directed ANGELA the same year) is most well remembered nowadays for the Anthony Mann movies T-MEN and RAW DEAL, but he was once popular enough to have his own short-lived sitcom (in 1959). Tully is only credited on the British print. This was also the first British film in 3D, by the way. With Alan Wheatley (Sherlock Holmes on tv in 1951), Francis DeWolff, Michael Balfour, Cyril Chamberlain, Gordon McLeod, Hugh Morton, Arthur Mullard and Colin Tapley. From Gibraltar Films.

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