January 1920. On the eve of Prohibition, Atlantic City's Treasurer, Nucky Thompson, condemns alcohol at a Women's Temperance League meeting, where he is noticed by Margaret Schroeder, a pretty, pregnant housewife who comes to him for help in getting her abusive husband Hans a job. Later that evening, the duplicitous Nucky privately tells his ward bosses about the opportunity to make huge profits selling bootleg liquor. At a countdown-to-midnight blast at Babette's Supper Club, he assures Jimmy Darmody, a recently returned WWI vet, that his appointment as "Man Friday" to the new Chief Clerk of the Fourth Ward, Paddy Ryan, will lead to bigger things. Jimmy, meanwhile, has higher aspirations and ends up making an alliance that could have dire consequences for both him and Nucky. Written by
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Actress Molly Parker
is seen as Nucky Thompson's late wife in photographs in his home. See more
Knee length flapper dresses and other costumes are from the mid to late 1920s. The pilot occurs in January, 1920, so the wardrobe should be from the late Teens. See more
[Mrs McGarry reads out the following "Owed (sic) to Liquor" at a meeting, also appears on a picture she gives to Nucky
Coward, monster, vicious brute / Friend to thief and prostitute. / Heartless, Godless, hell's delight / Crude by day and lewd by night / Conscience dulled by demon rum / Liquor, thy name is / DELIRIUM!
Composed by Al Jolson
, Buddy G. DeSylva
and Vincent Rose
Performed by Al Jolson See more