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Programming Suggestion - Gangster Biopics

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Dear TCM Programmer:

 

I would like to suggest that you devote a day's programming to real-life gangsters, from "Dillinger"

(1945) to "Dillinger" (1973). In between, there'd be "Machine Gun Kelly" and "The Bonnie Parker Story"

(both 1958), "Al Capone" (1959), "Pretty Boy Floyd" and "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond" (both

1960), "King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein" (1961), "Young Dillinger" (1965),

"Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), and "The Valachi Papers" (1972). With the exception of "Pretty Boy Floyd"

and "The Valachi Papers," the movies are part of the Warner Bros. and MGM libraries (the original

distributors being Monogram, AIP, Allied Artists, WB and W-7).

 

Thank you for taking the time to seriously considering my suggestion.

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Don't forget PORTRAIT OF A MOBSTER in which Vic Morrow plays Dutch Schultz and which has Ray Danton reprising his Legs Diamond role.

 

TCM has also aired the so-bad-it's-good MAD DOG COLL in the recent past.

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Clore - Thank you for your additions. The titles I listed are from the AFI Catalog's website. Using

the genre heading "Biography," I chose those that referred to gangsters, and those I listed are the

only ones they listed under both the category "Biography" and "Gangsters." Even though "Portrait

of a Mobster" and "Mad Dog Coll" are both about real-life gangsters, for some reason the AFI Catalog

doesn't classify either as a biography (in fact, they classify "Portrait of a Mobster" as a drama, and

"Mad Dog Coll" as a melodrama); I'm unaware as to the standards the AFI uses to determine when

a film about a real person is a biography and when it isn't. (Sorry.)

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You're welcome. I can think of a couple of others, such as AIP's BLOODY MAMA and A BULLET FOR PRETTY BOY.

 

Then there are two films in which Roger Corman was involved for Fox - THE ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE and the later CAPONE (which uses footage from the earlier film).

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Here another one "THE PURPLE GANG" from Detroit it had a very young Robert Blake as a member of the Purples as i recall.

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>>Here another one "THE PURPLE GANG" from Detroit it had a very young Robert Blake as a member of the Purples as i recall.

 

Good catch on another Allied Artists film. One triple bill that I attended at a second-run theater as a little kid was BABY FACE NELSON, THE PURPLE GANG and THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND.

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Thank you for all of the input. There's also 1991's "Mobsters," but I believe AMC has it for now.

 

With all of the activity on this topic, I wonder if TCM Programmer will act on our suggestions? I

certainly hope so.

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Additional titles include "Casino" and "GoodFellas" (d.: Scorsese), "The Untouchables" (d.: De Palma), "Capone" & "Lepke" (both 1975; the former starring Ben Gazzara, the latter, Tony Curtis),

and last year's "Public Enemies." Oh, yes, how could I forget: "The Phenix City Story" (TCM: if

you show this, please show the whole film).

 

Can anyone else come up with additional titles?

 

Thank you for all of your help to date.

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PHENIX CITY STORY is closer to being a lawman bio than a gangster one, but if we are to include such, then PAY OR DIE is a good story with Ernest Borgnine vs The Black Hand and it is based on a true story.

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How about "MURDER INCORPORATED" with Stewart Wh itman & Peter Falk. There is also "LEPKE" the only big time gangster that ever received the death penalty with if memory serves me Tony Curtis.

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8:00 PM Al Capone (1959)

Chicago's most notorious gangster rules the city ruthlessly. Cast: Rod Steiger, Fay Spain, Martin Balsam. Dir: Richard Wilson. BW-104 mins, , Letterbox Format

 

10:00 PM Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, The (1960)

A small-time thief kills his way to the top of the New York rackets. Cast: Ray Danton, Karen Steele, Elaine Stewart. Dir: Budd Boetticher. BW-101 mins,

 

12:00 AM King of the Roaring 20s: The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)

A gangster rises to the top of the gambling racket. Cast: David Janssen, Dianne Foster, Mickey Rooney. Dir: Joseph M. Newman. BW-106 mins,

 

2:00 AM Lepke (1975)

A mobster sets up a murder for hire racket serving the nation's top gang bosses. Cast: Tony Curtis, Anjanette Comer, Michael Callan. Dir: Menahem Golan. C-110 mins,

 

4:00 AM Mad Dog Coll (1961)

A young hood kills his way to the top of the mob. Cast: John Davis Chandler, Brooke Hayward, Jerry Orbach. Dir: Burt Balaban. BW-87 mins, TV-PG, Letterbox Format

 

I haven't seen Legs Diamond in 50 years.

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> {quote:title=Jayo wrote:}{quote}Dear TCM Programmer:

>

> I would like to suggest that you devote a day's programming to real-life gangsters, from "Dillinger"

> (1945) to "Dillinger" (1973). In between, there'd be "Machine Gun Kelly" and "The Bonnie Parker Story"

> (both 1958), "Al Capone" (1959), "Pretty Boy Floyd" and "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond" (both

> 1960), "King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein" (1961), "Young Dillinger" (1965),

> "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), and "The Valachi Papers" (1972). With the exception of "Pretty Boy Floyd"

> and "The Valachi Papers," the movies are part of the Warner Bros. and MGM libraries (the original

> distributors being Monogram, AIP, Allied Artists, WB and W-7).

>

> Thank you for taking the time to seriously considering my suggestion.

Somebody must be really happy with tonight's schedule.

 

Folks, you don't want to miss one of the all-time worst performances in film history at 1130pm when John Davis Chandler stars as MAD DOG COLL. It's like watching Frank Gorshin doing Steve Buscemi doing an impression of Don Knotts. We're talking train wreck proportions here.

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