The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond




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The notorious Legs Diamond works his way up the underworld latter in a matter of fact, casually told depiction of the 1920s crime boss. Legs (Ray Danton) extorts money from gamblers, bootleggers and speakeasies after taking over for his slain mentor, Arnold Rothstein. He lights a girl's dress on fire in order to win a dance contest and seemingly murders as easily as he breathes.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Joseph Landon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 19, 1991
Warner Bros.


Ray Danton
as Jack "Legs" Diamond
Karen Steele
as Alice Sniffer
Elaine Stewart
as Monica Drake
Jesse White
as Leo Bremer
Simon Oakland
as Lt. Moody
Robert Lowery
as Arnold Rothstein
Judson Pratt
as Fats Walsh
Warren Oates
as Eddie Diamond
Frank de Kova
as Chairman
Gordon Jones
as Sgt. Cassidy
Joseph Ruskin
as Matt Moran
Richard Gardner
as Vince Coll
Sid Melton
as Little Augie
Buzz Henry
as Bodyguard
Dyke Johnson
as Bodyguard
Roy Jenson
as Bodyguard
Joseph Marr
as Officer
Jim Drum
as Officer
Judd Holdren
as Haberdashery Clerk
George Taylor
as Switchboard Operator
Norman DuPont
as Maitre d' Louis
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Critic Reviews for The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

A strange, cold, sordid movie about a strange, cold, sordid gangster.

Full Review… | July 13, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Strange and often grim gangster film, notable for some off-trail approaches.

Full Review… | August 10, 2011
Classic Film and Television

An unsentimental and inaccurate Warner Brothers action-packed biopic on ruthless twenties gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond.

Full Review… | March 2, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

March 1, 2008
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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.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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."

Grade: B

Kevin Robbins

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.

James Higgins

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