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"Paddy Whacked"

by T. J. English

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 Title  Paddy Whacked: The Irish Mob
This documentary traces the history of the Irish mob from its origins in the newly arrived immigrants fleeing the potato famine in the 1840s through the 'Whitey' Bulger scandal, in Boston, in the 1990s. Relying on the book of the same title, by T.J. English, the Five Points (Corners) area of New York City (ala Gangs of New York) is cited as the birthplace of the Irish mob and John 'Old Smoke' Morrissey as the first mob boss. It traces the links between gangster, lawman, and politician, so often shown in films like Angels with Dirty Faces, leading to the infamous Tammany Hall. Later the Westies would wax and wane in Hell's Kitchen. Next up Chicago, where Prohibition lead to competition with the Sicilians over the bootlegging trade. (Scarface and Some Like It Hot covered the Italian end of this war.) Finally Boston, home of Joe Kennedy and later the Bulgers, would become, according to T.J. English, the last bastion of the Irish mob in the US. Link to reviews Click picture
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 Year    2006       Type    Doc    Rating    NR
 Producer  The History Channel  Director  Wayne Chesler
 Narrator  Stephen Beach
 Subjects  Irish mob, Irish-American gangsters, The Westies, 'Whitey' Bulger


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