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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 May 2015 5:54 a.m. PST

Which Prohibition Era gangsters (1920-1933) are your favorite?

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 6:07 a.m. PST

Billy Fullerton of the Billy Boys.


Coelacanth21 May 2015 6:08 a.m. PST


Paul Muni as Tony Camonte in Scarface, 1932



John the OFM21 May 2015 6:17 a.m. PST

Owney Madden and Dion O'Bannion. I like all the Irish hoods.

Lee Brilleaux Fezian21 May 2015 6:47 a.m. PST

Dion O' Bannion, florist/mobster. It was a different time.

I'm trying to recall the name of the Chicago Outfit guy – a Welshman – who invented money laundering. That's right. He bought up a chain of local laundries to filter cash through the system.

Mute Bystander21 May 2015 7:53 a.m. PST


I don't have a favorite Gangster.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 8:01 a.m. PST

Willie "The Actor" Sutton for Sutton's Law – even though he never said it, he gets the credit

Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 8:10 a.m. PST

James Cagney in White Heat


Real life Dillenger

Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 8:11 a.m. PST

Oops time frame

Sigwald21 May 2015 8:29 a.m. PST

Owney Madden and Knucky Johnson.
My grandfather and his "gypsy" jazz band supposedly played for Knucky at his wedding. My dad was sometimes suddenly forbidden from associating with non-Irish kids whose parents learned his last name was Madden as they assumed him a relation.

Sundance21 May 2015 8:45 a.m. PST

Growing up in Chicago and having frequented the Biograph theater, I have to say Dillinger, who was also sort of a Robin Hood of the Depression.

Of course, I grew up in an Italian neighborhood with a colorful mob presence (my brothers went to school with Antoinette Giancana's kids, my flight instructor lived next door to Sammy Giancana, and Chuckie English was found dead at a restaurant we used to pass frequently), I know the Italian mobsters of the '80s and '90s better.

Gone Fishing21 May 2015 8:54 a.m. PST

Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson, if only for the names!

Winston Smith21 May 2015 9:05 a.m. PST

Mad Dog Coll?
Machine Gun Kelly?

Winston Smith21 May 2015 9:09 a.m. PST

I like how Owney Madden had Mad Dog Coll wiped out for bringing gangsters into disrepute.
Then he "retired" to Little Rock where one of his molls was reputed to be the mother of a future President.
Naming no names….
But even if it isn't true, it's a hoot of a story.

abelp0121 May 2015 9:35 a.m. PST

Dillinger. read his bio and you'll see why.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 10:17 a.m. PST

Another vote for Dillinger.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP21 May 2015 11:53 a.m. PST

Frank Sinatra……

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 12:08 p.m. PST

Roger Touhy


Cyrus the Great21 May 2015 12:32 p.m. PST

Thomas Shelby, Peaky Blinders.

mad monkey 121 May 2015 12:56 p.m. PST

Vic Macky.

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B6GOBOS21 May 2015 1:32 p.m. PST

"Pretty Boy" Floyd. He rip up the farm mortgages from the banks he robbed (like woody Guthrie sang).

Cyrus the Great21 May 2015 1:50 p.m. PST

Don Vito Corleone is another fictional mobster that would fall in this time frame.

War Panda21 May 2015 2:12 p.m. PST

My first mortgage broker…oh I guess its meant to be the 30's sorry I'm not that old

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 3:55 p.m. PST

Given the public attitude of bank foreclosures, anything to do against banking institutions was pretty much guaranteed public support at the time.

"Take them for whatever you can,,,".

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 6:03 p.m. PST

I have no liking nor respect for gangsters of any era and I despise the glamorization of thugs and crime.

I prefer Melvin Pervis & Eliot Ness.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
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FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2015 3:40 a.m. PST

Legs Diamond or Dutch Schultz.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2015 5:44 p.m. PST

Joan Blondell as Blondie Johnson, 1933.

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