The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1960
DVD Release Date: June 19, 1991
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Overlooked gangster picture with the fierce energy of the early classics. A rags to riches story with the typical hubristic, heartless, no-nonsense character… More