The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)
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as Jack "Legs" Diamond
as Alice Sniffer
as Monica Drake
as Leo Bremer
as Lt. Moody
as Arnold Rothstein
as Fats Walsh
as Eddie Diamond
as Sgt. Cassidy
as Matt Moran
as Vince Coll
as Little Augie
as Haberdashery Clerk
as Switchboard Operator
as Maitre d' Louis
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Critic Reviews for The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
Director Budd Boetticher and screenwriter Joseph Landon are as fast on their feet as their hoofer-turned-gangster protagonist; the efficiency and momentum of their storytelling should be models of inspiration for today's filmmakers.
Strange and often grim gangster film, notable for some off-trail approaches.
An unsentimental and inaccurate Warner Brothers action-packed biopic on ruthless twenties gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond.
Audience Reviews for The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
Overlooked gangster picture with the fierce energy of the early classics. A rags to riches story with the typical hubristic, heartless, no-nonsense character battling to get to the top of the underworld.
You don't have to tell me you love me, I know you don't.
Jack 'Legs' Diamond and his sick brother hold up in New York and begin a life of petty crime and thievery. When Jack gets arrested, he decides to step their game up a notch and become a crime boss. He quickly climbs the ranks but gets a little too confident.
"Are you married?"
"Yes. Yes, but not to her."
Budd Boetticher, director of Seven Men from Now, The Tall T, Ride Lonesome, Comanche Station, A Time for Dying, The Cimarron Kid, and Bronco Buster, delivers The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond. The storyline for this picture is very well done and contains some fantastic shootouts. The script is solid and very well delivered. The cast includes Ray Danton, Karen Steele, Elaine Stewart, Simon Oakland, and Dyan Cannon.
"Everybody wants favors."
"I'm not asking for a favor."
I saw this picture on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) schedule some time ago and DVR'd it. I finally got around to watching it and thought it was very clever and well done. This isn't perfect, but is a worthwhile addition to the classic gangster genre and in-line with Bogart classic gangster pictures from this era.
"I already have a partner tonight."
"I'll get rid of him."
It does well on a low budget, the cast of unknowns are quite good. I did find the complete lack of period detail a bit irritating, but it has a good pace and was always interesting.
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