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James Buchanan Brady is born to an Irish saloonkeeper and his wife in 1856, but loses his parents early in life. In his early thirties, Jim spots an advertisement for a salesman while he is working at the Spuyten Duyvil railroad station as baggage master. Jim rents a suit from a pawn shop, believing that "...to make money, you've got to look like money." The pawnbroker convinces him to rent a diamond as well, even though that means he must accompany Jim on his interview as insurance. When they arrive, there is a line of applicants out to the street, so Jim goes through the customer's entrance. The owner, A. E. Moore, becomes so impressed with Jim's knowledge of railroad equipment, and his audacity, that he hires him, and Jim quickly becomes a champion salesman. On one of his trans-continental train journeys, Jim saves British Mr. Fox from a crooked cardsharp, but both are obliged to jump off the train. Jim discovers that Fox has been unsuccessful in selling a device known as an undertruck, to be used at railroad stations. After haggling over commission, Jim represents the product himself. Finally experiencing success, Jim proposes to Emma Perry, with whom he has been in love, only to discover that she is already engaged to someone else. Jim is heartbroken and puts all his energies into building the Brady-Fox Co. which produces the undertrucks and other equipment. Now a captain of industry, Jim has diamond jewelry especially designed for him in huge proportions. His first entrance into a restaurant while wearing his new regalia prompts gawkers, and a comment from his waiter that he should be called "Diamond Jim." Jim proceeds to order a meal fit for a king and ten other men, and when he sees an English singer perform, sends her roses and introduces himself. Jim promotes the woman, whose name is Nellie Leonard, but who assumes the stage name Lillian Russell, and she becomes a favored performer. Lillian admits she is in love with business man Jerry Richardson, and at a party he throws for her, Jim meets Jane Mathews, who closely resembles Emma. Jim is instantly smitten by her, and they become engaged, but on the eve of their small wedding, Jim gets drunk for the first time in his life and stands her up because he is suspicious of her relationship with Briggs, a banker. Jane finds him eating the banquet he ordered for their celebration and, unable to detest him for his actions, remains his friend while refusing his periodic proposals. Unknown to Jim, Jerry and Jane have fallen in love, but are too afraid of hurting him to admit it. Jim loses his fortune in a stock market crash, and begins all over again by creating a steel railroad car for safety. At its first public test, Jim straps himself inside the car as it heads for a collision with a wooden car. Jane jumps on board and struggles with Jim to get off, but he straps her in instead. Jim is knocked unconscious during the collision, but the car and Jane are unharmed. While Jim spends a year recuperating from the accident, he builds his fortune on the new railroad car. Finally released from the hospital, Jim plans a European trip with Jerry and Nellie during which he hopes to marry Jane. However, Jane and Jerry finally confess their love for each other to Jim, who is hard struck by the news. Although he wishes them well, Jim is shattered. After proposing to Nellie, Jim is again rejected, and despondently returns home, where he orders a banquet of rich foods, knowing that to eat it will kill him. Reminiscing about his life, Jim burns up all the I.O.U.'s in his possession, puts his mother's picture in his pocket, and settles down to his feast.
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|MPAA Ratings:||Premiere Info:||not available|
|Release Date:||1935||Production Date:||
Carl Laemmle, President; An Edmund Grainger Production
|Color/B&W:||Black and White||Distributions Co:||Universal Pictures Corp.|
|Sound:||Mono||Production Co:||Universal Pictures Corp.|
|Duration(mins):||90 or 93||Country:||United States|
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Diamond Jim - Bring It Back!
Vincent Summers 2016-03-02
This was an excellent film. Why is it missing? Edward Arnold was a great actor, and this film was his vehicle. The story is a great one. Even a part of...
Diamond Jim is an elusive film.
James Andros 2011-06-09
Why isn't this movie ever played. I found out about this movie about 25 years ago. Since then I've left no stone unturned and this movie cannot...
Where is this great movie today?
deacon thompson 2007-04-05
I remember this movie from when i was a kid... and being a movie buff,, found it to be of great content and enjoyment..Have always been impressed with...