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The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)

Rating:PG
Genre:Drama
Release Date:January 1, 1960
Running time:101 minutes
Director:Budd Boetticher
Writer:Joseph Landon

Description: 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. 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 The Purple Gang 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, All Movie Guide

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