The Peterville Diamond

Jewel Robbery

1943

Walter Forde
Director
Warner Brothers
Studio

Jealous wife of wealthy American businessman doing business in South America buys the title jewel in order to get her husband's attention focused back on her. A suave thief decides to steal the jewel at the same time she decides to buy it, which leads to all sorts of complications.

Enjoyable screwball comedy is qutte well done, especially considering it was made as a 'quota quickie.' Production values are on par with an A-list film, especially the miniature work. Wakefield and Hartnell make an amusing pair of criminals (they would have made a great Raffles and Bunny), and Crawford is charming as the leading lady. Stewart's character, unfortunately, is an amazingly obnoxious dolt, and it's hard to comprehend why Crawford married him, let alone stays with him. This tends to undermine things a bit. Charles Victor's American accent appears to have been borrowed wholesale from a Dead End Kids matinee. Any film that scores the climatic chase with Raymond Scott's 'Powerhouse' deserves an extra star, though!

-Dave Wright



11th January 1943
Cinema



85 mins
1.37:1



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Anne Crawford
Teri Mortimer
Donald Stewart
Charles Mortimer
Renee Houston
Lady Margaret
Oliver Wakefield
Baron Redburn
Charles Heslop
Dilfallow
William Hartnell
Joseph
(as Bill Hartnell)
Felix Aylmer
The President
Charles Victor
Dan
Joss Ambler
Police Chief
(Colonel Gonzalez)
Paul Sheridan
Luis
(Lui in end credits)
Jeremy Hawk
Pierre
Julian Somers
Andre
Rosamund Greenwood
Miss Geach
Billy Holland
First Detective Inspector
Noel Dainton
Second Detective Inspector
(Captain Montez)
Leo de Pokorny
Receptionist
(as Leo de Pokorney)
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Railway Porter
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Servant
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Servant
Cecil Bevan
Servant (uncredited)
Victor Rietti
Board Member
(uncredited)
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Taxi Driver
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Jorge
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Flower Girl
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Fernandez
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Lady Making Donation
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Police Sergeant
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Policeman Bringing in Suspects
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Police Stenographer
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Elevator Operator
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Maid
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Tazi Driver
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Col. Gonzalez' Daughter
Cot D'Ordan
Presidential Aide
(uncredited)
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Chauffeur
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Border Guard
Andreas Malandrinos
Amigos Proprietor
(uncredited)

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