Chicago Mob Enforcer/Author Frank Cullotta

Air Date: October 25, 2013

Show #141

Frank Cullotta. Former Chicago Enforcer Former Las Vegas Mobster

Frank was born on December 14, 1938 in Chicago. He began his criminal career as a 945926_4747881820797_1599336640_nteenager. Graduating from petty theft to burglary, armed robbery, arson and of course, murder. While growing up he met another tough young kid like him on the mean streets. His name was Tony Spilotro. They became friends. Stealing and committing other crimes together. Tony went on to become a made man and feared enforcer of the Chicago Outfit. In 1971, while Frank was in prison, the Outfit bosses sent Tony to Las Vegas to keep an eye on their casino interests.

After Frank got out on parole Tony invited him to join him in Sin City. Frank Cullotta functioned as Tony’s lieutenant, watched his back and formed and ran a crew of burglars, robbers, arsonists, and killers that became known as the Hole in the Wall Gang.

Tony and Frank had a serious falling out in 1982; and at Tony’s request the Chicago bosses approved a contract to have Frank killed. Frank Cullotta was facing either life in prison as a repeat felon or certain death at the hands of Outfit hit men. Frank did the unthinkable, He rolled and became a government witness.

Frank Cullotta entered the federal witness protection program in early 1982 and admitted to the FBI that he had arranged the murders of James Miraglia and Billy McCarthy, known as the “M&M Murders”, on behalf of Tony Spilotro. Frank Cullotta also admitted to the 1979 murder of Sherwin Lisner, and provided them with information regarding other burglaries.

Frank’s subsequent testimony resulted in the convictions of several of his former associates. Frank was preparing to testify against Tony Spilotro in June 1986, when Tony was murdered by the Outfit just prior to the trial getting underway.

In 1995 Frank was contacted by screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi regarding the Martin Frank-CullottaScorsese film Casino. Frank was hired as one of several technical consultants to the movie in which actor Joe Pesci played a character based on Tony Spilotro; and Frank Vincent played “Frankie,” a character based on Frank Cullotta. In the film Frank appeared in several scenes as a killer, including one that was a fictionalized version of a murder he actually committed in Las Vegas in 1979. Pileggi said it was the first time he knew of where a real-life killer recreated a murder on the screen.

In 2007 Frank and true-crime writer Denny Griffin co-authored Frank’s biography, Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness (True Crime)

 

 

Frank Cullotta’s Interview

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Jack Marino & Frank Cullotta in Hollywood

Filmmakers Steve Latshaw & Fred Olen Ray

Air Date: Oct. 18, 2013

Show #140

 

Steve Latshaw was born in Decatur, Illinois, Steve began his film career in a distinctly Corman-esque style, directing a string of successful B movies in Florida in the early 90s. 296660_2655691310213_900939588_nThese included the home video/cable hits Dark Universe (1993) (V) and Jack-O (1995), as well as the cult classic Vampire Trailer Park (1991). Relocating to Los Angeles, Steve continued his career as both writer and director, though on markedly larger budgeted projects. With a filmography well into the double digits, Steve’s recent screenwriting credits have included the family adventure _American Black Beauty (2005), starring Dean Stockwell and the upcoming Sci Fi Channel superhero adventure, _Stan Lee’s Lightspeed (2006). He and his former wife Patricia (divorced 2003) have a son, Ryan Thomas, born 5 June 1986. Steve wrote and directed the squeal to the 1959 film THE KILLER SHREWS called the RETURN OF THE KILLER SHREWS, starring James Best who was in the original in 1959 returning as the same character 50 years later. Also, in the film is Sean Flynn the grandson of the late Errol Flynn in his first feature film.

 

 

Fred Olen Ray spent most of his childhood in Florida, where he was always a fan of horror 68356_10151075209530885_251119837_nmovies on TV. He collected autographs of many of the actors in those films and met ‘Peter Cushing (I)’ and Christopher Lee. His early career was filled with low-budget horror and science-fiction films, but the market eventually dried up and he switched to producing softcore “T&A” videos of the type shown late at night on Showtime and Cinemax. His films rarely cost more than $500,000, he has written under at least 30 different pen names and he was one of the first to fill time at the end of his films with outtakes, now a common practice in other comedy films. The outdoor sets are often CGI backdrops and many sets are in his own home or near it. Ray often can share credit for his softcore film success with the late cinematographer/director Gary Graver, big shoes for him to fill while working with an excess of tattooed and body-beaded new performers in this genre

 

Steve Latshaw & Fred Olen Ray’s Interview

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THE YOUNG ERROL & Author John Hammond Moore

Air Date: October 11, 2013

Show #139

Author, John Hammond Moore was born in Houlton, Maine in 1924. He attended Hamilton JHMefCollege and the University of Virginia and has worked as a journalist, editor and university lecturer in Australia and the U.S. His published works include some 50 articles in historical and popular journals in both countries.

Moore lived in Australia from 1969 until 1971 and became interested in the life of Errol Flynn during a visit to Papua New Guinea for a professional conference in 1970.

The Australian-born actor Errol Flynn was known for his romantic lead roles in films such as Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). He was also known for his colorful life off screen. In the new book The Young Errol: Flynn Before Hollywood (published by Trafford Publishing), Moore takes an in-depth look at the life of the young Errol Flynn to detail the budding actor’s rise to fame.

“It’s an attempt to explain Flynn’s strange background,” Moore says about his biography of the Hollywood star. Building on Flynn’s autobiography, My Wicked, Wicked Ways, Moore takes care to peel back the mysteries surrounding Flynn’s childhood and adolescence.
“Thanks to My Wicked, Wicked Ways, one can often discern the difference between truth and fiction throughout his brief but spectacular career,” notes Moore. “He really did have an exotic beginning.”

The Young Errol includes anecdotes as well as quotations from Flynn’s own diaries and from people who knew him.

Moore offers this insight into Flynn’s career: “While his golden age in Hollywood produced some wondrous swashbuckling, Errol Flynn was not really acting at all. He was merely transferring a natural style developed in Sydney, Port Moresby, Rabaul and London to a much larger audience.”

 John Hammond Moore’s Interview

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Jack Marino and John H. Moore on the set of the film THE TASMANIAN DEVIL: THE FAST AND FURIOUS LIFE OF ERROL FLYNN

Actor/producer Al Bandiero and Writer Wife Marlyn Bandiero

Show Date Oct 4, 2013

Show #138

My Guests Actor/producer Al Bandiero and his lovely and talented wife Marlyn. Al was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, a proud Italian-American. One of the most popular NewLead4x6radio personalities in New York City for many years along with successful nationally syndicated radio shows, Al started his acting career by appearing in the film Rocky IV. Since then, he has worked extensively in film and television; including starring in the Fox TV series Desire, the Independent film Go for It!, the lead in the current festival film shot in black and white 1950’s Film Noir style, The Company and television movie Scene of the Crime. He has also appeared in the television series’ Dragnet and The Practice. Al and his wife Marlyn currently have two film projects and a TV pilot in the works. He will work both in front and behind the camera on these projects.

Writer/producer, Marlyn Bandiero was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in New York City. Marlynepic1-1

Marlyn has two completed feature scripts one of which she has the rights to and is inspired by true events called Blue Betrayal. The story is about an innocent NYC cop who is sent to prison after being framed by his fellow officers and business partner. In prison, he discovers the depth of their deception and plots revenge. The second script, Reconciling Lola, is about a career obsessed high profile attorney has her estranged father thrown back into her life on the eve of her most important case and must re-enter the world of her eccentric colorful Cuban-American family.

Al & Marylne Bandiero

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