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The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond Details

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This effective gangster film on the notorious New York mobster Jack "Legs" Diamond is interspersed with moments of comic relief and was released just a few months after shot their way across the silver screens in the U.S. Ironically, that gang and Diamond met their ends in the same year, 1931, and their rise was largely due to Prohibition. "Legsie" (Ray Danton) gets his name because he was a dancer, but he gets his reputation because he double-crosses anyone. He is a psychopath who works his way up the body count to the top of his own network of rackets. Along the way he meets and marries his wife Alice Schiffer (Karen Steele) and survives three attempts on his life that send him to the hospital each time. His reputation for "invulnerability," the inability of the police to touch him, gangsters who kill each other off, the racketeering with union bosses, and the hijacking of liquor shipments are all elements found in this film and as well. Watch for a young Dyan Cannon in a bit part as Dixie, back when her first name was spelled like everyone else spells Diane. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

  • Release date:February 3, 1960

Cast

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 Kats Walsh
Warren Oates
as Eddie Diamond
Frank de Kova
as Chairman
Gordon Jones
as Sgt. Cassidy
Joseph Ruskin
as Matt Moran
Nesdon Booth
as Fence
Dyan Cannon
as Dixie
Jim Drum
as Officer
Buzz Henry
Judd Holdren
as Haberdashery Clerk
Roy Jenson
as Bodyguard
Dyke Johnson
Sid Melton
as Little Augie
Frances Mercer
as Woman
Dorothy Neumann
Joseph Marr
Judd Holdren
as Haberdashery Clerk
Frances Mercer
as Woman
Roy Jenson
as Bodyguard
Dyan Cannon
as Dixie
Sid Melton
as Little Augie
Jim Drum
as Officer
Nesdon Booth
as Fence

Crew

Budd Boetticher
Director
Milton Sperling
Producer
Joseph Landon
Screenwriter
Lucien Ballard
Cinematographer
Leonard Rosenman
Composer (Music Score)
Folmar Blangsted
Editor
Howard Shoup
Costume Designer
Gordon Bau
Makeup
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