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The Resource Handsome Johnny : the life and death of Johnny Rosselli : gentleman gangster, Hollywood producer, CIA assassin, Lee Server

Handsome Johnny : the life and death of Johnny Rosselli : gentleman gangster, Hollywood producer, CIA assassin, Lee Server

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Handsome Johnny : the life and death of Johnny Rosselli : gentleman gangster, Hollywood producer, CIA assassin
Title
Handsome Johnny
Title remainder
the life and death of Johnny Rosselli : gentleman gangster, Hollywood producer, CIA assassin
Statement of responsibility
Lee Server
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • A singular figure in the annals of the American underworld, Johnny Rosselli's career flourished for an extraordinary fifty years, from the bloody years of bootlegging in the Roaring Twenties--the last protégé of Al Capone--to the modern era of organized crime as a dominant corporate power. The Mob's "Man in Hollywood," Johnny Rosselli introduced big-time crime to the movie industry, corrupting unions and robbing moguls in the biggest extortion plot in history. A man of great allure and glamour, Rosselli befriended many of the biggest names in the movie capital--including studio boss Harry Cohn, helping him to fund Columbia Pictures--and seduced some of its greatest female stars, including Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe. In a remarkable turn of events, Johnny himself would become a Hollywood filmmaker--producing two of the best film noirs of the 1940s. Following years in federal prison, Rosselli began a new venture, overseeing the birth and heyday of Las Vegas. Working for new Chicago boss Sam Giancana, he became the gambling mecca's behind-the-scenes boss, running the town from his suites and poolside tables at the Tropicana and Desert Inn, enjoying the Rat Pack nightlife with pals Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. In the 1960s, in the most unexpected chapter in an extraordinary life, Rosselli became the central figure in a bizarre plot involving the Kennedy White House, the CIA, and an attempt to assassinate Fidel Castro. Based upon years of research, written with compelling style and vivid detail, Handsome Johnny is the great telling of an amazing tale
  • The Mob's 'Man in Hollywood,' Johnny Rosselli introduced big-time crime to the movie industry, corrupting unions and robbing moguls in the biggest extortion plot in history. He befriended many of the biggest names in the movie capital and seduced some of its greatest female stars. In a remarkable turn of events, Rosselli himself would become a Hollywood filmmaker, producing two of the best film noirs of the 1940s. Following years in federal prison, he oversaw the birth and heyday of Las Vegas. Working for new Chicago boss Sam Giancana, he became the gambling mecca's behind-the-scenes boss. Server provides an amazing tale of organized crime as corporate power. -- adapted from jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Server, Lee
Dewey number
  • 364.1092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rosselli, Johnny
  • Rosselli, Johnny
  • Gangsters
  • Criminals
  • Mafia
  • Motion picture industry
  • Criminals
  • Gangsters
  • Mafia
  • Motion picture industry
  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
Handsome Johnny : the life and death of Johnny Rosselli : gentleman gangster, Hollywood producer, CIA assassin, Lee Server
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Out of the past -- Once upon a time in Los Angeles -- Our man in Hollywood -- Bleeding the dream merchants -- The big squawk -- Crime don't pay -- A warlock's carnival -- Neon Babylon -- The spy who came in from the pool -- A coffin for Johnny
Control code
on1041209097
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
532 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780312566685
Lccn
2018026710
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1041209097
Label
Handsome Johnny : the life and death of Johnny Rosselli : gentleman gangster, Hollywood producer, CIA assassin, Lee Server
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Out of the past -- Once upon a time in Los Angeles -- Our man in Hollywood -- Bleeding the dream merchants -- The big squawk -- Crime don't pay -- A warlock's carnival -- Neon Babylon -- The spy who came in from the pool -- A coffin for Johnny
Control code
on1041209097
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
532 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780312566685
Lccn
2018026710
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1041209097

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