Seven Against the Wall

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"Seven Against the Wall"
Playhouse 90 episode
Episode no.Series 3
Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner
Written byDavid Davidson
Story byHoward Browne
Presented byEdward G. Robinson
Produced byJohn Houseman
Original air dateDecember 11, 1958
Running time90 mins

Seven Against the Wall is an episode of the American anthology series Playhouse 90. It was about the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre.

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Production[edit]

The show was based on a book by Howard Browne.[1]

Reception[edit]

The Los Angeles Times called it "a serviceable documentary" with "some extremely effecitve moments."[2]

The show was very popular and John Houseman claimed it helped revive the popularity of gangster films. "There hadn't been a real Al Capone gangster film for a long time and this brought them back again, both at the cinema and on television," he said.[3]

Howard Browne later wrote other film versions of the story, including The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) and Capone (1975).[4]

Lawsuit[edit]

Industrialist Titus Haffa sued the show's makers for $10 million for libel and defamation complaining the show showed a headline "Titus Haffa gets two years" associating him with crime.[5] Haff later issued a second complaint.[6] A person called Abe Bernstein also sued claiming the show said "Abe Bernstein" was head of The Purple Gang.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolters, L. (1958, Aug 04). WHERE TO DIAL TODAY. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/182093769
  2. ^ Smith, C. (1958, Dec 15). THE TV SCENE---. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/167373285
  3. ^ OBITUARY john houseman 'late starter' was 30 before artistic debut, then won an oscar. (1988, Nov 01). The Globe and Mail Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/385828917
  4. ^ Norma, L. B. (1967, Jun 25). 'Not just another tinseltown gangster film'. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/179212065
  5. ^ Special to The New York Times. (1959, Sep 25). $10,000,000 SOUGHT IN A TV LIBEL SUIT. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/114899036
  6. ^ HAFFA AGAIN SUES CBS FOR TEN MILLIONS. (1959, Dec 10). Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/182431734
  7. ^ ASKS MILLION IN GANG SHOW USE OF NAME. (1959, Dec 05). Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/182457400

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