Monday, December 05, 2005

An Ill-Mannered Con

December 5, 1947
Los Angeles

There were two distinguishing features of the man who robbed the Bank of America branch at Seventh and Broadway near closing time today. He had a very dirty face, and he was no gentleman.

Teller Paul V. Glowczewski of 2939 Covina Street told police that the man came to his window, showed a revolver through his Army raincoat's split pocket, and snarled "Gimme money." Glowczewski placed some cash on the counter, and Mr. Grubby snapped "Gimme more!" He was right; Glowczewski had been holding out on him.

Then the man took his money and strolled casually out of the bank, leaving one shaken teller and several dozen oblivious customers to finish up their business.

1 comment:

Larry said...


NEW YORK, Dec. 3. (AP)—The board of directors of the Motion Picture Association of America today voted to cease distribution of new and old pictures glorifying gangster names and criminal practices.

The association, which includes all of the nation’s leading film producers, also banned the use of salacious and obscene titles.

Eric Johnston, chairman of the board, who recommended the changes in the association’s codes, announced the film companies had agreed to drop immediately 25 titles deemed objectionable, adding that distribution of films produced with these titles will be stopped.

In some cases the banned titles were for films not yet produced.

Titles of already produced films whose further distribution is banned include:

“Dillinger” (1945) imdb page:
“Roger Touhy, Gangster” (1944) imdb page:
“The Racket Man” (1944) imdb page:
“This Gun for Hire” (1942) Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. imdb page:
“The Murder Ring” (unable to locate this cinematic gem).
“The Killers” (1946) Burt Lancaster. imdb page:
“They Made Me a Killer” (1946) imdb page:
“Born to Kill” (1947) imdb page:
“Shoot to Kill” (1947) imdb page:
"The Last Gangster” (1937) imdb page
“Me, Gangster” (1928) imdb page
“Gang War” (1941) imdb page
“Ladies of the Mob” (1928) imdb page
“The Racketeer” (1929) imdb page

Titles not yet used for films which were stricken from the registration list included: “Al Capone,” “Killer for Hire,” “The Gangster’s Moll” and “Gangster’s Glory.”

Producers also withdrew three titles submitted for registration last month: “The Capone Story,” “How We Trapped Capone” and “Gun Moll.”

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As I recall, “Scarface” was also part of this group of banned gangster films, as it vanished from exhibition for many years.