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Frank Costello: Prime Minister of the Mob   -  Discontinued

Frank Costello: Prime Minister of the Mob

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50 min.
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A & E Entertainment
He eschewed the violence of a gunshot for the diplomacy of a handshake. But the "Prime Minister of the Underworld" yearned for legitimacy he would never achieve. Frank Costello was arguably the most powerful man in New York. Raised to de-facto boss of the most powerful crime family in the city with the 1936 imprisonment of "Lucky" Luciano, Costello made the most of his opportunity. Surprisingly, however, he considered the job a burden and longed to escape the stigma of his criminal roots for the world of legitimate business. FRANK COSTELLO profiles the life of the reluctant gangster through period accounts, historic footage, the recollections of those who knew him and expert commentary. Discover how he virtually ran New York politics through his iron grip on Tammany Hall, and how his empire crashed down around him when the Kefauver hearings targeted him as the number one racketeer in the country. From escaping poverty by running booze to avoiding death at the hands of hit-man Vincent "the Chin" Gigante in 1957, this is the thrilling story of the shady life of Frank Costello.

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