R | | Biography, Drama
Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter is head of Murder Inc., the syndicate that spattered the headlines of the day with blood.
Star Tony Curtis with author Peter Golenbock revealed in Curtis' auto-biography "American Prince: A Memoir" (2008) that he became heavily addicted to cocaine during production of this picture of which this substance abuse would then last for around a decade.
You know, we could do with better movies. How about a nice love story or something, instead of this gangster shit?
In the movie, Lepke's trusted partner Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro is shot to death at Coney Island while trying to protect Lepke from assassins. In real life, Shapiro turned himself in to the authorities, accepted a prison term, and actually outlived Lepke by several years, dying in prison of natural causes in 1947.
CBS edited 20 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere.