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Episode 148: Gangster Squad

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aka: The Hat-Headed Hand Hurters

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"Gangster Squad! in color."

Website BlurbEdit

Uh, one question, boss: Doesn't Gangster Squad kind of sound like WE'RE the Gangsters?
We return to a big, old-fashioned Hollywood flop with Gangster Squad, the movie that takes a bunch of good actors and a promising director and churns out a film that's absurd and deadly dull by turns. Meanwhile, Elliott gives Hoagie Carmichael gift advice, Stuart comes out for cast awareness, and Dan is tired and really doesn't keep up his end of the co-hosting duties. This episode brought to you by the letter "H."

Movie SummaryEdit

PremiseEdit

A handful of incorruptible LAPD cops takes on the Los Angeles crime syndicates (in addition to the rest of the police force) in this post-WWII crime drama.

StoryEdit

­The sky was dark...
     —Stuart @03:00
Elliott dubs this film The Hat-Headed Hand Hurters. @14:25
  • Everyone wears hats (including a dog!), and there is a lot of hand-based violence.
HAT as an acronym. @14:25

Final JudgmentsEdit

  • Bad-Bad Movie (Dan) @37:30
  • Bad-Bad Movie (Stuart) @38:10
  • Good-Bad Movie (Elliott) @38:20

Episode HighlightsEdit

TangentsEdit

Movie PitchesEdit

Animal Squad @09:20
A pest control guy takes on the mob after they upset the natural balance in the coyote and roadrunner populations. The sequel features mongooses and cobras.
Prankster Squad @10:29
Not-Afraid-of-Fire Gangster Guy @27:05

QuotesEdit

Listener MailEdit

Mailbag SongEdit

@40:40

LettersEdit

"U.S.O. Tour" from Listener Lastnamewithheld @42:05
"Mail Title" from Listener Lastnamewithheld @45:25
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Pumpkinhead
"Ali Larter Is Obsessed" from Anne-Marie Lastnamewithheld @47:40
Popcorn Trick @48:30
"Good-Bad Boobs, Bad-Bad Boobs, or Boobs You Kinda Like" from Tricia Lastnamewithheld @51:40
Pervazoid #1
Boobs
H.O.T.S.
The Great Bikini Off-Road Adventure

RecommendationsEdit

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) by Peter Yates (Elliott) @58:00
  • Grand Piano (2013) by Eugenio Mira (Dan) @1:02:40
  • Manhunter (1986) by Michael Mann (Flopper) @58:40
Tom Noonan @1:00:25
  • The Roaring Twenties (1939) by Raoul Walsh (Elliott) @57:05

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