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Diamond Jim Details


Screenwriter Preston Sturges never lets the facts get in the way of a good story in this colorful filmed biography of turn-of-the-century millionaire Diamond Jim Brady. The hearty Edward Arnold stars as Brady, who parlays a small-time railroad supply firm into a thriving financial empire. Once he's in the chips, Diamond Jim indulges in his every whim, lavishing his money on wine, women, song and food -- lots and lots of food. Alas, for all his business acumen, he is never able to find true romance, striking out twice with coquettish Emma (Jean Arthur) and her more sedate look-alike Jane (also Jean Arthur). Along, the way, Diamond Jim also has a casual fling with the fabulous Lillian Russell (Binnie Barnes), but theirs is more a friendship than an affair. Having paid no attention to the truth throughout the film, writer Sturges felt no need to accurately portray Brady's ultimate demise, so he borrows a page from the old George Arliss vehicle Old English by having Diamond Jim deliberately eat himself to death. Edward Arnold would repeat his Diamond Jim Brady characterization opposite Alice Faye in 1940's Lillian Russell. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Edward Arnold
as Diamond Jim Brady
Jean Arthur
as Jane Matthews
Binnie Barnes
as Lillian Russell
Cesar Romero
as Jerry Richardson
Eric Blore
as Sampson Fox
Hugh O'Connell
as Horsley
George Sidney
as Pawnbroker
Robert McWade
as A.E. Moore
Henry Kolker
as Railroad President
John Miltern
Lew Kelly
as Bartender
Maidel Turner
Armand Kaliz
Purnell Pratt
as Physician
Barbara Barondess
Irving Bacon
Dorothy Granger
Otis Harlan
as Drunk
Matt McHugh
Arthur Houseman
Al Bridge
as Man on Train
Charles Sellon
as Station Agent
Albert Conti
Dell Henderson
Dot Farley
Fred Kelsey
as Secretary
Richard Tucker
Tully Marshall
as Minister
William Demarest
as Harry Hill


Edward Sutherland
Edmund Grainger
Preston Sturges
George Robinson
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Dan Mandell
Charles Hall
Art Director
Vera West
Costume Designer
Jack P. Pierce