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Diamond Jim (1935)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 2 September 1935 (USA)
The story of legendary gambler Diamond Jim Brady and his romance with entertainer Lillian Russell.

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Parker Morell (novel), Preston Sturges (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Arnold ... Diamond Jim Brady
Jean Arthur ... Jane Matthews / Emma
Binnie Barnes ... Lillian Russell
Cesar Romero ... Jerry Richardson
Eric Blore ... Sampson Fox
Hugh O'Connell ... Charles B. Horsley
George Sidney ... Pawnbroker
Robert McWade ... A.E. Moore
Charles Sellon ... John Touchey
Henry Kolker ... J.C. Randolf - Bank President
William Demarest ... Harry Hill
Albert Conti ... Jeweler
Armand Kaliz ... Jewelry Salesman
Tully Marshall ... Minister
Purnell Pratt ... Physician
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A highly fictional rags-to-riches biography of Diamond Jim Brady (Edward Arnold), with undue emphasis on his voracious food appetite, finds the multi-millionaire involved in an unrequited love affair with Jane Matthews (Jean Arthur) who loves Jerry Richrdson (Cesar Romero) who, in turn, is the object of the affections of Lillian Russell (Binnie Barnes). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Edward Arnold would later reprise his role as Diamond Jim Brady in Lillian Russell (1940). See more »

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Referenced in The Phil Silvers Show: Bilko's Credit Card (1959) See more »

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Edward Arnold Excellent
15 June 2012 | by drednmSee all my reviews

In maybe his most famous role, Edward Arnold stars as Diamond Jim Brady, the outsized financier in the late 19th century who builds a fortune in the expanding American railroads. Brady was also a famous social figure along Broadway and was famous as Lillian Russell's friend and famous for his immense appetite for fine foods.

Lucky in business but not in love, Brady comes off as a shrewd but genial man, one who values his friendships even with the women he may have been in love with.

Arnold is just sensational as the blustery but jovial man who helps make Lillian Russell (Binnie Barnes) a star. He's perfectly believable as the ambitious baggage handler, the smooth-talking salesman, and the generous millionaire who likes to wear diamond jewelry Barnes is solid as Russell, the most famous singer of her day.

Jean Arthur plays the vapid Southern girl, Brady first proposes to and a lookalike girl from New York he later meets and tries to marry. Cesar Romero plays the guy she's in love with, but he's dating Russell.

Co-stars include George Sidney as the pawnbroker, Eric Blore as the inventor, Hugh O'Connell plays the businessman who gives Brady his big start, and William Demarest plays the waiter.

Edward Arnold was so famous for playing Diamond Jim that he repeated in the role in 1940 in LILLIAN RUSSELL, which starred Alice Faye, Henry Fonda, and Don Ameche.

This film is worth watching for Arnold's performance and for its look at America, when it was growing fast and prospering.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1935 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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