While not exactly documentary-like, this film does manage to get at the essence of the flamboyant New York gangster known as Legs Diamond. Played with the proper amount of verve, self-absorption, and cunning by Danton, the mobster is shown to have been something of a smooth confidence
man even in his youth. While working at the Hotsy Totsy Club as a dancer, Danton constantly looks for ways to make a buck. Aided by his alcoholic, consumptive brother (Oates), Danton robs a jewelry store, and presents his girl friend with stolen diamonds. Together, the brothers continue their life
of petty crime. The ambitious Danton is determined to weasel his way into the gang heade...