The Great Diamond Robbery

The Great Diamond Robbery
Directed byRobert Z. Leonard
StarringRed Skelton
James Whitmore
Cara Williams
Reginald Owen
Music byRudolph G. Kopp
CinematographyJoseph Ruttenberg
Edited byGeorge White
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 8, 1954 (1954-01-08) (Premiere-Los Angeles)[1]
  • January 29, 1954 (1954-01-29) (US)[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$702,000[2]

The Great Diamond Robbery is a 1954 comedy film.


A diamond potentially worth $2 million, the "Blue Goddess," must be cut. A New York City jeweler, Bainbridge Gibbons, has an expert lined up, but his own diamond cutter, Ambrose C. Park, strongly urges Gibbons to let him do the cutting.

On a park bench, Ambrose explains to a stranger that he places a newspaper ad once a year, on his birthday, and sits here hoping to be reunited with the parents who abandoned him in this very spot as an infant. He doesn't even know his real name; he was dubbed "Ambrose Central Park" at an orphanage.

Ambrose is arrested after inadvertently becoming drunk in public. A shyster lawyer, Remlick, offers to help for $400, then takes a greater interest when Ambrose offers to pay much more if his parents could be located. A couple of con artists become involved, with nightclub dancer Maggie Drumman and her mother Emily hired to pretend to be Ambrose's real sister and mom.

After the crooks try to steal the diamond, Ambrose accidentally cuts it in half, perfectly. He swallows one half, Maggie the other. As the crooks are taken away, Ambrose and Maggie go to have their stomachs pumped. A romantic attraction develops and all is forgiven.



According to MGM records the movie earned $501,000 in the US and Canada and $201,000 elsewhere, making a loss to the studio of $426,000.[2]


  1. "The Great Diamond Robbery: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on November 10, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  2. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

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