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Al Capone -- This factual biography of gang lord Al Capone follows his rise and fall in Chicago gangdom during the Prohibition era.


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25 March 1959 (USA) See more »
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Rod Steiger ... Al Capone

Fay Spain ... Maureen Flannery

James Gregory ... Sgt. Schaefler

Martin Balsam ... Mac Keeley

Nehemiah Persoff ... Johnny Torrio

Murvyn Vye ... George 'Bugs' Moran
Robert Gist ... Dion O'Banion

Lewis Charles ... Earl Weiss

Joe De Santis ... Big Jim Colosimo

Sandy Kenyon ... Bones Corelli

Raymond Bailey ... Lawyer Brancato

Al Ruscio ... Tony Genaro

Louis Quinn ... Joe Lorenzo

Ron Soble ... John Scalisi
Steve Gravers ... Albert Anselmi
Raikin Ben-Ari ... Ben Hoffman (as Ben Ari)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fred Aldrich ... Funeral Spectator (uncredited)
Cindy Ames ... Nurse (uncredited)
James Bacon ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Convict in Yard at Alcatraz (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Paul Bryar ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Charles D. Campbell ... Ad Lib Man (uncredited)
Cappy Carey ... Mrs. Schaefer (uncredited)
James J. Casino ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Albert Cavens ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Larry Chance ... Vincent (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Moran Associate (uncredited)
Robert Christopher ... Man (uncredited)
John Close ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)

Gene Coogan ... Moran Hood Killed at Clark Street Garage (uncredited)
Mason Curry ... Tailor (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Funeral Spectator (uncredited)
Peter Dane ... Pete Flannery (uncredited)
Bru Danger ... Hood (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Capone Associate (uncredited)

James Dime ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Rudy Doucette ... Hood (uncredited)
Craig Duncan ... Detective (uncredited)
Donald Foster ... Stevens (uncredited)
Ralph Gamble ... Salesman (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Herman, the Waiter (uncredited)
Marilyn Gladstone ... Mrs. Torrio (uncredited)
Benny Goldberg ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Capone Hood at Polling Place (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Jack Harris ... Gang Leader (uncredited)

Elizabeth Harrower ... Proprietress (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ... Capone Associate (uncredited)
Jim Healy ... Announcer at Race Track (uncredited)
Jack Henderson ... Pallbearer at Colosimo's Funeral (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Clegg Hoyt ... Lefty (uncredited)

Mauritz Hugo ... Hood (uncredited)

Allen Jaffe ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
William Janssen ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Customer (uncredited)
Erskine Johnson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Mitchell Kowall ... Hood (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Sydney Lassick ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
John Lomma ... Hood (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Pallbearer at Colosimo's Funeral (uncredited)

John Mitchum ... Photographer (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Tall Man (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Pallbearer at Colosimo's Funeral (uncredited)
Norman Nazarr ... Hood (uncredited)
Richard Norris ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)

Monty O'Grady ... Pallbearer at Colosimo's Funeral (uncredited)
Jack Orrison ... Police Clerk (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Diner Patron (uncredited)
Ervin Richardson ... Police Officer (uncredited)
George Riley ... Detective (uncredited)
Dan Riss ... Voice of Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Poker Player (uncredited)

John Roy ... Moran Hood Killed at Clark Street Garage (uncredited)

Frosty Royce ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Barry Russo ... Police Desk Sgt. Pulaski (uncredited)
Joseph Sargent ... Bob Buell (uncredited)

Jeffrey Sayre ... Cop (uncredited)
Sam Scar ... Louie (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Gambler (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Detective (uncredited)

Charles Sherlock ... Reporter (uncredited)
Fred Sherman ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
Al Silvani ... Waiter (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Convict (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Frank Stanlow ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Moran Hood Killed at Clark Street Garage (uncredited)
Sally Todd ... Beautiful Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Horse Parlor Proprietor (uncredited)

Lee Weaver ... Reporter (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ... Judge (uncredited)
Morgan Windbeil ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Wilson 
Writing credits
Malvin Wald (written by) and
Henry F. Greenberg (written by)

Produced by
Leonard Ackerman .... producer
John H. Burrows .... producer (as John Burrows)
Original Music by
David Raksin 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Walter Hannemann 
Production Design by
Hilyard M. Brown  (as Hilyard Brown)
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish  (as Joe Kish)
Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lonnie D'Orsa .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant director
Phil Rawlins .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Max Frankel .... property master
George Troast .... construction supervisor
Ted Mossman .... assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound mixer
Charles G. Schelling .... sound editor (as Charles Schelling)
Joseph Keener .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dave Koehler .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Garnell .... gaffer
F. Bud Mautino .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Russell Hanlin .... wardrobe master
Sabine Manela .... wardrobe mistress
Forrest T. Butler .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Neil Brunnenkant .... montage editor
Music Department
Harry Eisen .... music editor
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
David Raksin .... conductor (uncredited)
David Raksin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Joseph Sargent .... dialogue supervisor (as Joe Sargent)
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:K-16 (1968) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1961) (heavily cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1960) (uncut) | Italy:VM16 | Norway:16 (1960) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:Approved | West Germany:18 (nf)

Did You Know?

Martin Balsam's character, Mac Keeley, was based on a real-life Chicago Tribune reporter named Jake Lingle. Lingle, a "legman" who ran down gang-related stories for the paper, had close ties to Al Capone and other gangsters as well as the notoriously corrupt Chicago Police Department, and he was well-paid by both mobsters and a police commissioner as a "go-between." Lingle was gunned down on June 9, 1930, much as depicted in the movie, after "getting too big for his hat", as Capone put it, and demanding too much for his services (though a Capone rival likely paid for the hit). Apparently legal concerns prevented the producers of this film from using Lingle's name. However, just a few months after this film was released, the TV series "The Untouchables" (1959) told Lingle's story in its third episode and used his actual name.See more »
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Down Memory Lane, 13 April 2003
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

This 1959 picture is yet another cinematic retelling of the life of mobster Al Capone, and is better than most I've seen. Rod Steiger as Big Al seems miscast at first but wins me over in the end. Steiger was a born ham, but a fine actor for all his Methodish mannerisms, and has moments in the movie in which he's almost hypnotically effective. Yes, it's a performance, I kept on telling myself, but so was Capone himself. Over the top, perhaps, but Capone was himself more than a little touched, and Steiger nails this aspect of Capone to perfection, and is more effective in capturing the big guy's capriciousness than Robinson or Muni before him. Steiger's Capone isn't merely a gangster, he's a man possessed.

Director Richard Wilson's keeps this fairly modestly budgeted film moving at a fast pace, and it's never boring. In supporting roles, Fay Spain, Martin Balasm, James Gregory and Nehemiah Persoff are all effective. The black and white of this film evokes the late fifties more than the roaring twenties, and the movie at times feels a little like an episode of The Untouchables, at other times like Some Like It Hot. The Jazz Age was itself hot as the Eisenhower era was drawing to a close. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels were coming back into vogue. O'Neill revivals on and off-Broadway were becoming commonplace. Al Capone captures this nostalgic mood, but really makes me nostalgic for the fifties more than for the twenties, for a time when fairly recent history could still be viewed as larger than life, the stuff of serious art and contemplation, not just fashionable nostalgia. Al Capone the movie is more nostalgia than serious art, but it touches on important issues, concerning violence, friendship, the role of government and the press as they pertain to and often collude with the criminal element, that still resonate today.

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