Diamond Frontier (1940)

Genres - Adventure, Western  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Characterized by some critics as a "South African western", Diamond Frontier stars Victor McLaglen as ruthless diamond hunter Regan. The villain's reign of terror as he searches for the precious gems is checked by Charles Clayton (John Loder), freshly escaped from a brutal penal colony. A wild escape through the jungle enables Universal Pictures to exercise its usual prerogative of lifting great chunks of celluloid from its stock-footage library. Anne Nagel is the faithful heroine who anxious awaits the falsely-convicted Clayton's return, while Cecil Kellaway plays the standard comedy-relief mercenary. The primary source for Diamond Frontier is indicated by the title of the story upon which the screenplay was based: A Modern Monte Cristo.

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bad-guy, courage, diamond-mine, frame-up, frontier, good-guy, group, justice, law, lawlessness, lawman, lawyer, mine, opal, outlaw [Western], ruler, ruthlessness, town