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Mar 13, 2014
Anna Sage, Woman in Red, Outs Dillinger
70th Anniversary of the Death of Dillinger at the Biograph
The weather was hot on the night of July 22, 1934. Public Enemy #1, John Dillinger was killed upon leaving the Biograph Theater, after watching Manhattan Melodrama, a movie starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, and William Powell, with a cameo performance by young Mickey Rooney.
The story of Dillinger's death is a favorite one with the American people. It was a heat-drenched night and the city. July, 1934, in the dead pulse of the Depression. John Dillinger, who was the most wanted man in the nation, had lost his hideout. Dropped by organized crime, he needed a place to stay. Dillinger had paid to the rackets for protection, ammunition, cars and housing. When Dillinger became the most wanted man in the land, the underworld blacklisted him, refusing to help.