Crime Inc.: The True Story of the Mafia (1984)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Law & Crime, Social History  |   Run Time - 50 min.  |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The BBC television series Crime Inc was produced in 1985 by the BBC, then offered for American syndication. This brilliantly assembled seven-part documentary of the rise of organized crime in America during the Prohibition years lay on the shelf until Geraldo Rivera's 1986 "investigation" of Al Capone's vault turned out to be the highest-rated syndicated special in history. The suddenly renewed interest in past criminal activity enabled D. L. Taffner, Crime Inc's distributor, to secure choice play dates in many American TV markets. The project had an advantage over most documentaries of its ilk in its inclusion of interviews of aging Mafia functionaries. Crime Inc later ran on the Arts & Entertainment cable service as Crime in America.



chronicle, gangster, interview, underworld, witness, criminal, organized-crime, police, surveillance