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Dillinger on PBS in February

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:48 am

Kywoman alerted me to a special on John Dillinger that will be aired on PBS in February as part of their American Experience series. The website says February 23 but also to check local listings. Here is a description of the film from the PBS website.

Vaulting over bank counter after bank counter like Douglas Fairbanks in the 1920 swashbuckler, The Mark of Zorro, thrusting his blue steel automatic weapon at one terrified bank teller after another, the legendary outlaw John Dillinger thrilled and terrorized America from 1933 to 1934. A desperado, a bank robber and a bad man no jail could hold, his reputation grew until he was named the country's first public enemy #1.

Peeling back the myths surrounding the most infamous outlaw since Jesse James, Public Enemy #1 unravels the story of a charismatic stickup man, whose wild antics and flamboyant disdain for the law captured the imagination of Hollywood, the mainstream press and millions of ordinary Americans.

The film chronicles Dillinger's life from his youthful first brush with the law to his death a decade later in a hail of bullets. It explores how, at a time of great hardship, Americans felt more admiration for a daring criminal than their seemingly ineffectual institutions of government. And it shows how FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover was determined to turn Dillinger's story into a morality tale in which law enforcers are the victors and crime doesn't pay.

With the help of interviews with press photographers and former police chiefs, film historians and FBI historians, the film paints a vivid portrait of a captivating villain, one who played up to the media and delighted in making a mockery of the police, a man who sauntered into banks at noontime unmasked and screeched out of town with bags of cash, who taunted his nemesis in the Indiana State Police with "wish you were here" postcards, and who, legend has it, broke out of jail with the help of a wooden gun.

For months, as Dillinger wreaked havoc across the Midwest, the Feds were powerless to do anything. But when he drove a stolen car across state lines, Dillinger sealed his own fate. The action violated a federal law and the G-men seized the opportunity to act. On July 22, 1934, after weeks of trying to track Dillinger down, FBI agents were waiting for him as he left a Chicago movie theater. The outlaw died in a blaze of bullets.

That night Dillinger's legend was transformed. While he was living, he was the adventurous outlaw, a man to be admired. When he died, newspapers reveled in the FBI's victory. In the months after Dillinger's death, the FBI eliminated almost all the depression-era desperadoes -- Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, Ma Barker and Fred Barker. But for decades it was Dillinger who remained central to the myth of Hoover's FBI.
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Unread postby Lucky13 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:00 pm

AWEsome !!! Thanks DITHOT and KYwoman... I have my calendar marked accordingly !! :yahoo:
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Unread postby KYwoman » Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:03 pm

You're welcome DITHOT, but the 'alert' credit goes to another Depp Diva, who mentioned it to me that the PBS special was airing. Merci, Chenault. :cool:
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Unread postby Parlez » Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:04 pm

:bounce: Oh boy, this is gonna be GOOD!!! Thanks so much for the heads-up! The American Experience series has been wonderful...very indepth and well done, with lots of original footage, etc.. They'll do a great job!
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Unread postby SqueakyDoor » Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:23 pm

Thank you Kywomen, DITHOT, and Chenault. From this description of Dillinger, it sounds as if Johnny is the perfect man to portray him. I am getting excited about this movie now. This show will entice us even more - how long til it's out? ;-)
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Unread postby Lucky13 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:03 pm

Parlez wrote::bounce: Oh boy, this is gonna be GOOD!!!


My thoughts exactly, Parlez !!! I wonder if Johnny is as excited about this role as we are !!! :lol:
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Unread postby Lucky13 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:11 pm

***************SPOILERS ******************

Here is a link to the transcript of the PBS Broadcast.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dillinger/filmmore/pt.html

:thanks!: again to everyone for the information !! :cool:
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Unread postby mlady_1 » Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:15 am

Lucky13 wrote:***************SPOILERS ******************

Here is a link to the transcript of the PBS Broadcast.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dillinger/filmmore/pt.html

:thanks!: again to everyone for the information !! :cool:


Great find, Lucky13..........
The more I read about him and Dillinger, I can see how perfectly suited the character is for him. I especially like the part where Billie was to have looked across the room and saw he's eyes.

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Unread postby Linny » Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:35 am

Thank you for the info ladies. :cool: It sounds like this is going to be a great film, and Johnny's eyes mmmm fantastic. :cloud9:

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Unread postby Liz » Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:26 am

Thanks, everyone, for the information. Interesting timing for these documentaries. :-O
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Unread postby Linda Lee » Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:00 pm

Thanks for the information, the documentary looks very interesting and the timing is perfect.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:22 pm

Methinks that timing may not be accidental, Linda Lee! :-O
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Unread postby Lucky13 » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:25 pm

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:Methinks that timing may not be accidental, Linda Lee! :-O


Makes you wonder, but either way I'm REALLY looking forward to this !!!
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Unread postby Lucky13 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:15 am

Has anyone found confirmation that this Dillinger Special will still air on February 23 ?? I checked my "local listing" and something completely unrelated is scheduled. :-/

Hope someone will be fortunate enough to see it. :hope:
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Unread postby Liz » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:28 am

Lucky13, I looked in 3 different locations across the US and couldn't find it either. I wonder if it was rescheduled. :-/
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