The Gangster Chronicles: Bugsy Siegel Visits Capone Massacre

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In this scene from “The Gangster Chronicles: An American Story,” an angry Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Joe Penny) arrives in Chicago to deliver a whiskey shipment to Al Capone (Louis Giambalvo) after just surviving a violent ambush on his way there. Siegel is surprised again to walk into another infamous day: The bloody St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. starring (Pierrino Mascarino) as Paul Ricca. Directed by Richard C. Sarafian; Written by Richard Alan Simmons

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The series The Gangster Chronicles: An American Story (1981) starred Michael Nouri as Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, Joe Penny as Benny ‘Bugsy’ Siegel, and Brian Benben as Michael Lasker (the name given to the Meyer Lansky-based-character due to legal reasons).
Luciano (the organizer), Siegel (the muscle), and Lasker (the brains) were childhood
friends who joined forces during the prohibition era and became major bootleggers. As the series dramatizes their rise to power, it contrasts their personal lives: Luciano cultivated a mistress; Siegel becomes a womanizer; Lasker, a devoted family man. As with the Godfather movies, their personal lives were also explored. The Gangster Chronicles combined action and drama with a portrait of the crime figures as real people, not just two-dimensional caricatures or miscreants-but products of their environment. The show/series presents a revealing, dramatic look at the roots of certain aspects of American history with accuracy. It is based on ten years of research by Emmy-winning writer Richard Alan Simmons.


“Bugsy Siegel was a big kid with a bad temper. One second, he could be very charming, the next he’d go crazy. He was like a human time-bomb, and that’s how I play him.” –Joe Penny

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre marked the end of any significant gangland opposition to Capone in Chicago. It also heralded a wave of reform in reaction to the slaughter that would sweep Scarface from power forever. -Robert Nash #stvalentine’sdaymassacre

Written by Emmy Award-winner Richard Alan Simmons, “The Gangster Chronicles” is the result of countless hours of original research, with the assistance of Ralph Salerno, the world’s leading authority on organized crime to the present day. According to Simmons and Salerno, the series will not glorify crime, but rather will “expose the sociological roots of crime and deal with human beings for whatever reasons became what they were – and the relationships between the police, politicians, and criminals – the trial that spawned the so-called organized crime.

Joe Penny (b.1956) is an English-born American actor best known for his roles as Nick Ryder on the detective series Riptide from 1984 to 1986, as Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel in The Gangster Chronicles: An American Story, and as Jake Styles in the CBS television series Jake and the Fatman from 1987 to 1992.

Louis Giambalvo (b.1945) is an American actor, frequently seen on television in guest roles, including Barney Miller, Hart to Hart, St. Elsewhere, Hill Street Blues, The Love Boat, Remington Steele, The A-Team, Simon & Simon, Fame, Knots Landing, Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: Voyager, Brooklyn South, Ally McBeal, ER, NYPD Blue (Mr. Bucci), Boston Legal, Without a Trace, CSI, Ugly Betty, Raising the Bar, and as Al Capone in The Gangster Chronicles.

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