Donald R. McClarey

Capone the Lawman

The oldest brother of gangster Al Capone, James Vincenzo Capone, led a life quite different from that of his notorious sibling.  Leaving home at 16 he ultimately settled in Nebraska, losing his New York Italian accent.  He served in the

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Donald R. McClarey

The Real Sermon on the Docks

This seems appropriate for the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker. Probably the most powerful sermon ever placed on film, Father Barry speaks of Christ and his crucifixion on the docks.  The best performance Karl Malden ever gave.  Elia Kazan’s

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Donald R. McClarey

November 14, 1957: The Apalachin Meeting

A Mafia summit meeting was held at the home of Joseph “Joe the Barber” Barbara in Apalachin, New York on November 14, 1957.  Head of the Luciano crime family Vito Genovese  called the meeting to discuss various matters and to

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Eliot Ness: Legend Eclipses Reality

  I have foresworn myself. I have broken every law I have sworn to uphold, I have become what I beheld and I am content that I have done right! Eliot Ness, The Untouchables (1987)   Hard to believe it

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February 14, 1929: Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

Ironies abound in the Saint Valentine’s Day massacre by which Chicago gangster Al Capone sought to destroy his competitor gangster Adelard Cunin, known to infamy as George “Bugs” Moran.  Moran had made a failed attempt on Capone’s life, which led

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