The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
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The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
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 The Purple Gang 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.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Strange and often grim gangster film, notable for some off-trail approaches."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"An unsentimental and inaccurate Warner Brothers action-packed biopic on ruthless twenties gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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