Skip to comments.Gangster Squad Movie Review (Shocking: LAPD are the good guys)
Posted on 02/03/2013 11:49:00 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
Just got done watching Gangster Squad and it is a great movie. It takes some artistic license but clearly gives credit to Chief Parker for keeping the mob out of Los Angeles. I've lived in Los Angeles all my life as has my father - and he often has talked about how Chief Parker went Roman on the mafia in the 1950's in order to keep them out of Los Angeles. As a result, Los Angeles was considered off limits to the mob. The lack of corruption in Los Angeles from the 1950's on thru the 1980's was an important reason why Los Angeles was able to grow so spectacularly and this lack of corruption was due largely to Chief Parker and to the city fathers who supported him - city fathers like Norman Chandler who ran the Los Angeles Times (as a conservative paper). Things have changed for the worse, but you have to love a movie where the LAPD are unabashedly the good guys and where even Chief Gates gets a favorable mention as Chief Parker's driver.
Hmmmmm.. The mob or today’s gangs like 18th street, Bloods, Crips or MS13? I’ll take the mob, please.
You're a moron.
The givernment of the city Los Angeles and the whole State givernment of Mexifornia are Mob Controlled?..
not to speak of Washington D.C. and most all the Federal Givernment..
How could you live in that place all your life?
Emma Stone is very hot
How does a film get -33%? :)
Then along came Police Chief Daryl Gates.
Glad you liked it - I thought it was the worst kind of cartoon ever made, especially with the awful makeup and mannerisms of Sean Penn. James Cagney and Robert Mitchum made gangster pics . . . This was like a 2 hour long crapfest - should have gone straight to video.
When a movie has a conservative bent, the same old, same old critics always pan it. One more reason we need a real conservative newspaper chain...
In researching my book on Harry Reid I came across possible long chain leads to the California mob. But it fits your thesis, they were known as the Mickey Mouse Mafia. Jimmy the Weasle Fratiano and Bompensiero are two key people, there are a couple others.
Sorry. I won’t do anything that would put a single penny in Sean Penn’s pocket.
This really isn’t the kind of site where we spend time on infinitesimally arbitrary punctuation issues.
LAPD's Intelligence Squad tracked Mafia movements on a national level, and regularly met incoming mobsters, or their goons, at the airport, where they would savagely beat them, then place them on the next flight out. Parker was adamant that the Mafia would not gain a foothold in LA, and he succeeded in his efforts. In 1965, it was estimated that there were only 30 Mafiosa in the city, and most of those were retired.
Here is another interesting section about the Bloody Christmas scandal:
In 1951, on Christmas Eve, Parker faced his first major challenge. Seven Mexican American were severely beaten at Central Station in Lincoln Heights by dozens of officers. When the story broke, known as Bloody Christmas, a grand jury investigation was called, and Parker took charge of the investigation. Over 450 cops were interviewed, and ultimately, four went to jail, two were fired and thirty six had official reprimands placed in their files. Parker confirmed what the rank and file, as well as the upper echelons, already knew: he wasn't running a popularity contest.
Hey, much less collateral damage with the mob. The Latin and black gangs of L.A. kill more innocents.
I’ll have to check that movie out.
LA started digging the current crater which it sits when tptb acquiesced to distorted media pressure and got rid of Chief Gates.
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