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This Famous Machine Gun was an Essential Gangster Accessory

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This Famous Machine Gun was an Essential Gangster Accessory

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Nicknames made the gangster, and certainly added to their roguish mystique. But there was nothing romantic about their weapon of choice: the rapid-firing instrument of death known as the Tommy Gun.

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It's the 1920s. America is on the rise, and so is a dark underworld run by a new kind of criminal, one that is organized, sophisticated, and ruthless. For the next 40 years, legendary gangsters like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Frank Costello build vast empires thanks to bootlegging, illegal gambling, and shady alliances with politicians. Follow the violent rise and fall of organized crime, presented in color for the first time through remastered archival footage and never-before-broadcast home movies.

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