Turner Classic Movies to Celebrate HBO’s Eagerly Anticipated 'Boardwalk Empire' With Evening of Prohibition Stories

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September 3rd, 2010

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Turner Classic Movies to Celebrate HBO’s Eagerly AnticipatedBoardwalk Empire With Evening of Prohibition Stories

Boardwalk Empire Co-Stars Vincent Piazza and Michael Stuhlbarg to Help Present Sept. 15 Marathon, Featuring Films about Such Famous Prohibition Figures as Al Capone, John “Legs” Diamond and Arnold Rothstein
Before the debut of HBO’s Prohibition-era series Boardwalk EmpireTurner Classic Movies (TCM) will get viewers in the speakeasy mood with an evening of biopics about some of the time period’s most notorious gangsters and bootleggers.  TCM’s Prohibition All-Stars marathon, scheduled to airWednesday, Sept. 15, will showcase five films about such figures as Al Capone, John “Legs” Diamond, Arnold Rothstein, Louis “Lepke” Buchalter and Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll.  Rod Steiger, Tony Curtis and David Janssen are among the stars in the title roles.

Boardwalk Empire co-stars Vincent Piazza (Rescue Me), who plays Lucky Luciano, and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), who plays Arnold Rothstein, will join TCM host Robert Osborne in introducing TCM’sProhibition All-StarsBoardwalk Empire, from Emmy®-winning writer Terence Winter (The Sopranos) and Academy Award®-winning director Martin Scorsese (The DepartedShutter Island), will premiere Sunday, Sept. 19, exclusively on HBO.

The following is the complete schedule of TCM’s Prohibition All-Starsmarathon (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, Sept. 15
8 p.m.    Al Capone (1959) – Rod Steiger takes the title role in this throwback to the gritty gangster dramas of the 1930s.  Fay Spain, James Gregory, Martin Balsam and Nehemiah Persoff head a stellar supporting cast under the direction of Richard Wilson.  Interestingly, because of the production code, the narrator at the end of the film attributes Capone’s death to “an incurable disease” instead of specifying that he died of syphilis.

10 p.m.    The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960 – TCM Premiere) – Budd Boetticher directed this snazzy telling of the “Legs” Diamond tale, with Ray Danton in the starring role.  Karen Steele, Elaine Stewart, Jesse White, Simon Oakland and Warren Oates co-star.  Lucien Ballard’s cinematography is especially noteworthy, as is the debut appearance of future star Dyan Cannon.

Midnight    King of the Roaring 20’s – The Story of Arnold Rothstein(1961 – TCM Premiere) – David Janssen stars in this partially fictionalized look at the legendary gangster’s rise and fall.  The film co-stars Dianne Foster, Diana Dors, Mickey Rooney and, in his last film, Jack Carson.

2 a.m.    Lepke (1975 – TCM Premiere) – Tony Curtis turns in a strong performance as the head of Murder, Inc. in this effective gangster pic from director Menahem Golan.  Anjanette Comer, Michael Callan, Warren Berlinger and Vic Tayback co-star, with Milton Berle turning in a rare serious performance.

4 a.m.    Mad Dog Coll (1961) – John Davis Chandler stars as the most deadly of all gangsters in this gripping melodrama co-starring Brooke Hayward, the daughter of Margaret Sullavan and author of Haywire.  Also featured are early performances by Telly Savalas and Jerry Orbach, a cameo by Vincent Gardenia as Dutch Schultz and the film debut of Gene Hackman.


About HBO’s Boardwalk Empire
From Emmy-winning writer Terence Winter and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese comes this epic tale set in Atlantic City at the dawn of the Prohibition era, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States.  Steve Buscemi stars as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster.  Along with his brother Elias (Shea Whigham), the town’s sheriff and a crew of ward bosses and local thugs, Nucky carves out a niche for himself as the man to see for any illegal alcohol.  He is an equal-opportunity gangster, doing business with the likes of Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg), Big Jim Colosimo (Franke Crudele), Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) and Al Capone (Stephen Graham).

Boardwalk Empire also stars Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White; Gretchen Mol as showgirl Gillian, Dabney Coleman as Nucky’s mentor and Paz de la Huerta as Nucky’s girlfriend.  The series was created by Winter, who serves as executive producer with Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg.  Gene Kelly serves as co-executive producer, with Rudd Simmons as producer.  Scorsese, Van Patten, Jeremy Podeswa, Alan Taylor and Allen Coulter direct.  The series is written by Winter, Van Patten, Lawrence Konner, Howard Korder, Paul Simms, Margaret Nagle, Steve Kornacki and Meg Jackson.  Boardwalk Empire is inspired by the non-fiction book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson.

About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world.  Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests.  As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars.  TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com.  TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

 
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