Black Diamonds (1940)

60 mins | Drama | 19 July 1940

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Producer:

Ben Pivar

Cinematographer:

William Sickner

Editor:

Ted J. Kent

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
22 Jul 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Sep 40
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
4 May 40
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jul 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
30 Sep 40
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Jul 40
p. 35.
New York Times
10 Sep 40
p. 26.
Variety
11 Sep 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd tech
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 July 1940
Production Date:
late April--mid May 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
9 July 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9757
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6372
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While en route to an assignment as a war correspondent in Europe, young Walter Norton returns to his home town in a mining region to visit his parents. There, he is alerted by Archie Connor, one of the miners, that Redman, the owner of the mine, is running an unsafe operation. On the morning that Walter is to sail for Europe, his father is injured in a mine explosion, and he decides to stay and investigate. Dressed as a miner, Walter joins his friend, Barney Tolliver, in the tunnels, but the men, fearful of losing their jobs, oppose his efforts. To protest the unsafe conditions, Connor decides to dynamite the mine, and when Walter tries to stop him, both men are arrested. As Walter languishes in jail, his sister Nina, who works as Redman's secretary, overhears her boss bribing Matthews, the state mine inspector, not to report the dangerous conditions in the mine. Nina relays the information to her boyfriend, Barney, who realizes that they must get Walter out of jail to help them. They are aided in their task by Linda Connor, Walter's high school sweetheart and the miner's daughter, who uses her knowledge as a nurse to get Walter transferred to the hospital, from which he is able to escape. Walter and Barney then lure Matthews into the mine and threaten to dynamite the tunnel unless he confesses to bribery. Their plans go awry when Johnson, the mine supervisor, arrives with his guards and leaves Matthews, Walter and Barney to die in the blast. When Barney's fake dynamite fails to detonate, a betrayed Matthews informs the miners of the grave danger, ... +


While en route to an assignment as a war correspondent in Europe, young Walter Norton returns to his home town in a mining region to visit his parents. There, he is alerted by Archie Connor, one of the miners, that Redman, the owner of the mine, is running an unsafe operation. On the morning that Walter is to sail for Europe, his father is injured in a mine explosion, and he decides to stay and investigate. Dressed as a miner, Walter joins his friend, Barney Tolliver, in the tunnels, but the men, fearful of losing their jobs, oppose his efforts. To protest the unsafe conditions, Connor decides to dynamite the mine, and when Walter tries to stop him, both men are arrested. As Walter languishes in jail, his sister Nina, who works as Redman's secretary, overhears her boss bribing Matthews, the state mine inspector, not to report the dangerous conditions in the mine. Nina relays the information to her boyfriend, Barney, who realizes that they must get Walter out of jail to help them. They are aided in their task by Linda Connor, Walter's high school sweetheart and the miner's daughter, who uses her knowledge as a nurse to get Walter transferred to the hospital, from which he is able to escape. Walter and Barney then lure Matthews into the mine and threaten to dynamite the tunnel unless he confesses to bribery. Their plans go awry when Johnson, the mine supervisor, arrives with his guards and leaves Matthews, Walter and Barney to die in the blast. When Barney's fake dynamite fails to detonate, a betrayed Matthews informs the miners of the grave danger, and the news of Redman's corruption prompts the government to assume control of the mine. +

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