THE GANGSTER CHRONICLES (TV series)
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Drama of the Mafia from the inside, showing the gangsters' relationships with each other and their families in New York during Prohibition. Fact-based docu-drama about Lucky Luciano, Bugsy Siegal, Al Capone.
Dutch is amoral, aggressive, egocentric, and power-hungry. Smart but unsophisicated. Drinks, yells a lot, crazy, dangerous, unpredictable. Has regular doctor to fix scars. He frequents whorehouses, and accuses one woman of stealing his wallet, manhandles her, and pushes her head into a fish tank. Dutchs relationship with Chris Brennan is highlighted in the series. Initially she rejects him, later she returns to make a deal with him. He pays for plastic surgery to fix her scars from a beating, and they eventually live together. There are two romantic scenes with Chris; first, she kisses him as a thank-you, later, a mutual kiss in their apartment. At their apartment he proposes starting a family. Good bits of business include as scene where he is licking and sucking a cigar in the Cotton Club, and a scene where he pulls his shirt off shoulder to show a recent scar.
Information based on parts of the series only, so information is incomplete.
Period look including one scene where his hair is greased back with a center part. Mostly hes in suits, or shirts and slacks, often with tie loosened. There is one outfit with a spotted bow tie and straw boater, and another with a fedora and long trench coat. He also wears a big gaudy ring, and of course, a shoulder holster.
"A ripoff of The Godfather... character development sacrificed almost completely for flashy incidents, especially shoot-outs." John J. OConnor, NewYork Times, 2/22/1981, p.29.
"It isnt The Godfather. One could even make a fair argument that it isnt even The Untouchables. But The Gangster Chronicles will hold your interest and, based on tonights entry, appears to have the capacity to get better." James Brown, Los Angeles Times, 2/21/1981, sec.II, p.3
Also reviewed in Variety, 2/18/1981.
"Eat the fish!"
"You been sleeping with a lot of fancy guys. How'd you like to try a real man?"
"What's all this talk--shooting, killing? Who needs it?"
"I'm no fink. I may be a lot of things, drunk, a little crazy, but I'm no fink."
"And then to have had it (getting killed) come from a woman. I'd've died laughing."
"Thanks for everything, Doc, except the bill."
"Nobody does it to Dutch Schultz."
(About starting a family) "I done everything else natural there is to do."