Depp Does Dillinger.Old Cars Add Authenticity to Dillinger Film The other thing to remember about Dillinger is that he was quite a young guy, only 30 years old during most of his crime spree.
Born in Indiana, Dillinger was a wild child, a petty criminal by his teen years. The outside gang members bribed a guard to smuggle weapons to the other gang members still in Indiana State Prison. ASIDE: How could cold-blooded killers like these ever conceivably become folk heroes?
Crown Point was swarming with police, national guardsmen, reporters and photographers. What a dumb thing for Holley and Estill to do. Whether it was real or fake, the gun did its job. Dillinger freed other prisoners and three of them elected to make the breakout with him. On the way, Dillinger captured three farmers who were volunteer guards. Nan Wanatka managed to get word out that the gang was holed up in their cabins. First the posse shot three passing locals they mistook for gang members, killing one.
The fugitives disappeared again, hunkering down in the homes of Chicago confederates. The gang got about 30,000 but the getaway went badly. But the end was near. Purvis had been appointed to his Chicago post directly by U. S. We all know now it was the Biograph, but Purvis and Cowley had to split up their force to stake out both venues. When people began leaving the theatre about 10:30 p. m., Dillinger came out with the women, Purvis lit his cigar, Dillinger stared him straight in the eye and took off running.
In any case, the gangster era was pretty much over. ASIDE: Victory over the gangs was sweet for J. Because of his success in the war on crime, the U. S. Hoover held the post of director of the FBI until his death in 1972. Hoover also got his revenge on Purvis. Purvis returned to the practice of law and later got into business, but his family always maintained Hoover blocked any further advancement of Purvis in law enforcement. As morgue attendants cleaned up the body and prepared it for later embalming, hundreds of spectators filed through the morgue gawking at the dead, naked body of Dillinger the desperado. Director Michael Mann is a great stickler for detail. The cars and clothing should be exact in every detail. ASIDE: The Biograph, which opened in 1914, was completely renovated about five years ago and is now a live theatre venue.
In 1974, then-owner Bill Durante closed the Biograph because he refused to show violent films and he said that was all the paying public wanted to see anymore.
Billy Crudup gets to work his chops as J. The speculation was that he was in the wrong racket.