On my badge is the city of Los Angeles.
His were the scars of a boxer
who'd used his fists to climb the social ladder of the mob.
When he was sent to Alcatraz,
friends of Jack Whalen welcomed him with a lead pipe.
Every man carries a badge.
Some symbol of his allegiance.
A Jew who'd gained the respect of wops through a homicidal lust.
He'd sworn an oath of violence.
And his master?
His own insatiable will to power.
He wanted to own this town.
His name is Mickey Cohen.
I came back from the war and I didn't even recognize it.
Brothels,vice,blood in the streets.
Cohen is building his empire.
"The children of the night."
"What music they make."
It's the damnedest thing,Russo.
I come up here so many times...
...they see me,they know they're getting a treat.
What's the matter with you? You think they're not gonna hear about this in Chicago?
Oh,I'll make sure they do.
You belong in a booby hatch,eating pudding in your goddamn pajamas.
A minute ago,you were begging.
That's when I thought you were a man.
But you're something else. You're rotten.
What about now,Tommy?
Argh! You prick bastard.
Okay,boys. - You sick son of a bitch.
Let her rip!
Now,you go back to Chicago...
...you tell them what you saw here tonight.
You tell them that Los Angeles belongs to Mickey Cohen.
Fighting the war had taught me...
...the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
People are scared. They say leave it alone.
Anyone ever tell you you look like Lauren Bacall?
But Cohen isn't the only fighter.
And I'm ready to step in the ring.
Son of a bitch didn't waste any time,did he?
Today's your lucky day. We're holding auditions.
Really? - Let's go.
This is it. - Ooh,wow.
This is wonderful.
Thank you. I can't wait to let my folks know about this.
They're gonna be real proud of you.
You know,this is where Bacall first met Bogart.
What the hell are you doing?
What's it look like? He's gonna give her a bad time in there.
O'Mara,for chrissakes,that's Cohen's place. Nobody goes in there.
I don't want any part of this.
Go get an ice cream.
Right this way.
You know,we hold all our screen tests up here,kiddo.
Away from the crowds.
Help you with something,pal? - Looking to meet someone.
Yeah? What's her name?
I don't know,I thought maybe you could help me out with that.
No,mister. It's okay,really. - Get in the goddamn room.
Look at what Daddy found. - Nice.
I tell you I was partial to blonds?
Yeah,yeah,yeah. All right,big guy. Pistola,butt-first.
Whoa,whoa,whoa. You're a cop?
Christ,buddy. What are you,soft in the head?
Please! Let me go! Please! Aah!
Break her,boys. - Let me go!
No! No! Stop it,please! Don't! Please! Please!
Help! - Shh. Shh.
You make another sound and you're dead.
Who is it?
Mitts in the air!
I don't think so.
Ten bucks says this guy ain't even heeled. - I'll take that bet.
Why don't you come over here and find out. Come on.
Please help me!
Welcome to Los Angeles,ma'am.
Patty,it was the strangest thing.
I arrested Whalen,next thing you know,lickety-split,he escapes.
Oh,really? He overpowered you again?
No. - He just slipped his cuffs?
He sure did. It was the damnedest thing.
What happened to you this time?
Oh,yeah? What happened to them?
You're working too hard.
O'Mara! Get your Irish ass in here!
Weren't you told to stay away from Cohen's turf?
Hendricks told me you walked in there without a warrant.
These three are gonna walk. - Says who?
Says Judge Carter.
Habeas corpus. Well,that's fast work.
I didn't know any better,I'd think someone here stiffed in a call.
Listen to me,we got rules around here,smartass.
Do yourself a favor: Learn them.
Is that how you got that new Packard out there in the parking lot?
Following the rules,boss?
Two things you can't take back on this job,kid:
Bullets out of your gun and words out of your mouth.
That's Mickey's bodyguard.
I'm sure I'm not the first person to tell you this...
...but don't feed or tease the animals.
Doesn't it bother you?
Not for a long time.
Okay,stay out of trouble.
Baby,you promised me. - I know.
You stood right where you're standing now and you promised me.
I didn't go looking for it. Scout's honor.