THE DIAMOND (1954)
aka The Diamond Wizard
Article 3635 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-13-2011
Posting Date: 7-28-2011
Directed by Dennis O’Keefe and Montgomery Tully
Featuring Dennis O’Keefe, Margaret Sheridan, Philip Friend
What it is: Crime movie
The robbery of one million dollars from the US Treasury causes a Treasury agent to pair up with an inspector from Scotland Yard. The crime leads them into a mystery about a missing scientist and a plot to create artificial diamonds.
The concept of artificial diamonds was very common during the silent era, and several movies have entered my list that use that very idea. However, unless my memory is faulty, I’ve not been able to find any of those movies, so this may be my first encounter with it in a movie I’ve actually seen. Actually, I don’t consider that a great loss; there’s something about this concept that just screams “Gizmo Maguffin” to me, and sure enough, this movie uses the idea as such for what is mostly a rather dry police procedural. The movies low rating of 3.8 on IMDB made me expect the worst, but I think it’s a little better than that; it’s well acted, works itself up to a good climax, and has at least one very interesting scene involving an escalator. The movie was filmed in 3-D, and though there are a few scenes that look like they make use of the gimmick, it doesn’t look like it really does much with it overall. In the end, the movie is merely passable.