Al Capone (1959)

 

 

 

Director:     Richard Wilson.

Starring:     Rod Steiger (Al Capone), Fay Spain (Maureen), James Gregory (Schaefer), Martin Balsam (Kelly), Nehemiah Persoff (Johnny Torrio), Murvyn Vye (Bugs Moran), Joe De Santis (Jim Colosimo), Lewis Charles (Hymie Weiss), Robert Gist (O'Banion), Sandy Kenyon (Bones Corelli), Raymond Bailey (Mr. Brancato), Al Ruscio (Tony Genaro), Louis Quinn (Joe Lorenzo), Ron Soble (Scalisi), Steve Gravesi (Anselmo), Ben Ari (Ben Hoffman), Peter Dane (Pete Flannery).

Biopic of gangster Al Capone rising to the top of the heap of mob rule and his downfall. Included here are the gang wars with the Irish gang and among the Italian gangs, as well as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. James Gregory plays an honest cop (based on Captain John Stege of the Chicago Police Department), while Martin Balsam plays the corrupt news reporter (modeled after Jake Lingle of the Tribune).

 

 


Historical Background:

 

1920  -- Capone kills Big Jim Colosimo while disguised as a truck driver delivering pasta to Colosimo's cafe.

George "Bugs" Moran was a childhood friend and, later, right-hand man of gangster Dion O'Bannion.

1924  -- O'Bannion killed and Moran and Earl "Hymie" Weiss inherit O'Bannion's gang in Chicago.

late 1926  --  Weiss killed and Moran becomes sole leader.

1926-1929  --  Moran's gang and Al Capone's are locked in bloody warfare.

Feb. 14, 1929

Disguising themselves as policemen, members of the Al Capone gang enter a garage at 2122 North Clark Street run by members of the George "Bugs" Moran gang.

Lining their opponents up against a wall, the Capone gang shot them down in a hale of bullets. The victims included gang members Adam Heyer, Frank Gusenberg, Pete Gusenberg, John May, Al Weinshank, and James Clark, as well as a visitor, Dr. Reinhardt H. Schwimmer.

His power reduced, Moran drifts into petty crimes, ending his days in prison for bank robberies.

1931  --  corrupt Tribune news reporter Jake Lingle murdered by Capone gunman Leo Vincent Brothers for going over to the side of the Irish mob.

1946-56  --  Moran in the Ohio Penitentiary.

1957  -- Moran in Leavenworth federal penitentiary.

1957  -- Moran dies of lung cancer.

 

 

 

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