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American Experience: Public Enemy # 1 The Legendary Outlaw John Dillinger #PBSVHS0017
American Experience: Public Enemy # 1 The Legendary Outlaw John Dillinger
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The documentary, "Public Enemy # 1 The Legendary Outlaw John Dillinger", is part of PBS's American Experience group of films, and tells the fascinating story of John Dillinger a gangster that had a short lived career in the early 1930s robbing banks in a number mid-west states.  Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, America was both thrilled and terrorized by the John Dillinger, a bank robber that no jail seemed to be able to hold.  Incredible as it may seem, Dillinger perpetrated most of his hold-ups in a short 14-month crime spree and with this became a media sensation.  Dillinger's fame seemed to grow on a daily basis.  As John Dillinger's fame grew, he became a mythic figure who fought authority and won the hearts of many American's who's own bank deposits had been lost as part of the many bank failures that occurred during the depression.  Eventually the new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), led by J. Edgar Hoover, was able to track Dillinger down to a theater in Chicago.  On exiting the theater, after the show he was watching, the FBI with support of local law enforcement officials, shot and killed John Dillinger bringing his short lived career of robbing banks to a bloody end.  This video production uses black and white recreations and lively commentary by historians and eyewitnesses to tell this riveting story.  Full screen in black and white & color.  Released in 2002.  Runtime 60 minutes. 


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