GANSGTER SQUAD, THE |ˈgaNGstər skwäd, T͟Hē| -According to Paul Lieberman, "Tales from the Gangster Squad", LA Times-The Gangster Squad was a "hush hush unit" formed by Police Chief C.B Horral in 1946 to keep East Coast Mafia out of L.A . Its 'anything goes' approach endured through the 1950s in an era when justice was found far from the courthouse.
In November 1946 eighteen handpicked cops were candidates to join The Squad.
Sgt.Willie Burns informed them about their primary duties which were to keep down the gangster killings and try to keep mobsters Bugsy Siegel, Dragna and Cohen under control.
According to Burns words the deal was:
"If they signed on, they'd continue to belisted on the rosters of their old stations. They'd have no office, only two unmarked cars. They'd almost never make arrests. They'd simply gather "intelligence" and be available for other chores. In effect, they would not exist."
The aspirants had a week to ponder their decisions and only seven came back, making a squad of eight counting Sgt. Willie Burns. Along the years more members would be recruited according to the unit's needs.
Five years after the Gangster Squad was formed two of the original eight had retired, including the first field leader Willie Burns and two more originals died, one in a car accident and the other committed suicide.
// 3.-The Squad's forms of procedure: The squad members used to meet on street corners or in parking lots.When they did get an office, it was a cubbyhole in the decaying Central Station, which had horse stalls from the 1880s.
Their 1940 Fords had 200,000 miles on them and holes in the floorboard so they could pour fluid into the master cylinders. At times five men rode in one, and if several smoked cigars, their suits would stink so bad they'd hang them outdoors at night.
They had three Tommy Guns that came with 50-round drums and beautiful violin cases, but they couldn't leave them in the trunk and risk having them stolen, O'Mara used to sleep with his under his bed.
They used a look-alike Pac Bell truck to plant bugs -to hell with warrants!-
They stole evidence from mobsters, befriended rivals of gang leaders and Jack O'Mara personally set a trap for the showboating Mickey Cohen, to prove he was a killer.
// 4.- the movie Based on writer Paul Lieberman's seven-part series of articles for The LA Times, "Tales from the Gangster Squad", the movie tells the story of a secret unit of 1940's police officers who work to keep East Coast mobsters like Mickey Cohen out of L.A .
Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and -if he has his way- every wire bet placed west of Chicago.
He does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control.
It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop … except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart.
Director Ruben Fleischer and actor Michael Peña shared some details about the movie with Iamrogue.com at 2011 San Diego Comic Con
Fleischer: "Gangster Squad is like the biggest dream come true I could possibly imagine. Gangster movies are the ultimate movie genre and I'm embarrassed even referencing movies like The Untouchables, LA Confidencial, The Godfather, God fellows … it's like a classic genre so getting to make a movie with these guys in Fedoras, and suits and just to get to work with this caliber of actors to me is like one of my wildest dreams.
Sadly Bryan Cranston dropped out because of scheduling issues but we have a phenomenal cast.
I think we'll really amount to an iconic film that hopefully will be able to stand up among those movies are references and just enter the canon, you know, awesome gangster movies."
Michael Peña: "The Gangster Squad is gonna be awesome, the script is awesome again, you know Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Gosling, Mackie, those are just fantastic actors. We just kinda have a party,.
I went to a fitting and makes you feel completely different, you know like Humphrey Bogart kinda stuff, I think it's really cool."
Principal photography began on September 6, 2011 in Los Angeles.
Sets were located all over L.A. County from north of the San Fernando Valley to south of the county border. Sets were also recreated in Sony Studios in Culver City.
Filming wrapped on December 15, 2011.
According to the writer Will Beal the Gangster Squad production finished on March 16, 2012.
First rumors about Mr. Gosling joining the Squad project appeared on the net on April 21 2011 in Hollywoodreporter.com
According to Variety Film on June 29, 2011 Bryan Cranston was in negotiations to join the cast of "The Gangster Squad" to play the role of Max Kennard, a laconic LAPD officer from Texas who enforces the law ambitiously, but due to scheduling conflicts with his role in the movie "Argo" he finally dropped out.
According to JustJared the names of several actresses including Olivia Wilde, Ashley Greene, Teresa Palmer, Camilla Belle, Aly Michalka, Lily Collins, Emmy Rossum, Amanda Seyfried and Maggie Grace auditioned for the role of Grace Faraday.
The final cast was revealed as:
Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen
Josh Brolin as Sgt John O'Mara
Ryan Gosling as Jerry Wooters
Nick Nolte as LAPD Chief "Whiskey Bill" Parker
Emma Stone as Grace Faraday, Cohen's moll and the object of Wooters' attention.
Anthony Mackie as Coleman Harris, a switchblade-wielding cop who patrols one of the most crime-ridden areas of the city.
Giovanni Ribisi as Conway Keeler (electronics expert)
Robert Patrick as Officer Max Kennard (a deadly cop who patrols the Olvera St. beat)
Michael Peña as Navidad Ramirez (Kennard’s over-eager sidekick)