The Peterville Diamond

The Peterville Diamond is a 1942 British comedy film directed by Walter Forde and starring Anne Crawford, Donald Stewart and Renee Houston.[2] It is also known by the alternative title Jewel Robbery.[3] - from the play of the same title; previously filmed in Hollywood in 1932.[4]

The Peterville Diamond
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Directed byWalter Forde
Produced byMax Milner
Written byGordon Wellesley
Brock Williams
Based onplay Jewel Robbery by Ladislas Fodor[1]
StarringAnne Crawford
Donald Stewart
Renee Houston
Oliver Wakefield
Music byJack Beaver
CinematographyBasil Emmott
Edited byTerence Fisher
Distributed byWarner Brothers
Release date
  • 11 January 1943 (1943-01-11) (UK)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A thief tries to steal a diamond from the wife of a wealthy businessman, at her suggestion in an effort to get her husband to pay her more attention.[3]



Ladislas Fodor's play was adapted for the screen by Gordon Wellesley and Brock Williams. It was made at Teddington Studios by the British subsidiary of Warner Brothers. The film's sets were by the resident art director Norman Arnold.[3]

Critical reception

TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, calling it "An enjoyable light comedy with some witty repartee."[5] while Allmovie thought it "Not a great film," however "still a much, much better film than one would expect from something which was filmed merely as a 'quota quickie.'"[6]

See also



  • Hutchings, Peter. Terence Fisher. Manchester University Press, 2001.

The Peterville Diamond on IMDb

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