R | | Biography, Crime, Drama
The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.
In a Senate hearing scene, when asked how many people he has arrested personally, J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) sheepishly admits, "I have never arrested anybody." In real-life, this was a point of embarrassment to Hoover, and he decided to correct it. On May 1, 1936, FBI ... ...
Senator Kenneth McKellar:
Why do we need this?
J. Edgar Hoover: Because criminals flee in fast automobiles across state lines, thereby defeating local jurisdiction because there is no federal police force to stop them.
Senator Kenneth McKellar: By my tally, your bureau wants to spend more taxpayer's dollars catching ...
Baum is playing the recording of Dillinger and Berman's "phone call conversation" to Purvis. The close-up shows an acetate recorder with the disc rotating anti-clockwise and acetate swarf on the disc as the cutting head is lowered. There is a clamp or weight on the disc spindle. The wider shot shows the disc rotating clockwise with a tone arm tracking it and no sign of the cutting head, the spindle clamp or the swarf. The close-up is clearly of the recording being made (which supposedly happened 27 minutes earlier), but played backwards.
The title of the movie is not shown until the end credits.
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