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Last weekend, the better-half and I revisited the classic film Some Like it Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis; written and directed by Billy Wilder, 1959.
I was surprised to be reminded that the opening scenes take place in 1929 Chicago. It’s worth a watch, as a thinly veiled St. Valentine’s Day Massacre is the catalyst for the protagonists to leave Chicago and head to Miami , disguised as women, with an all-girl jazz band.

Though convincing, the opening scenes were obviously shot on a sound stage in Los Angeles; however, there are many Chicago references, including the ‘L’, Clark Street, our winters, speakeasies and the vaudeville scene.

Conceal and Carry Gun Moll, 1923, Chicago.
Until recently I thought the “gun” in “gun moll” had to do with the firearm - gun actually comes from the Yiddish word for thief, “goniff.” Moll is short for “Molly” which was at the time a euphemism for prostitute.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_moll

Conceal and Carry Gun Moll, 1923, Chicago.

Until recently I thought the “gun” in “gun moll” had to do with the firearm - gun actually comes from the Yiddish word for thief, “goniff.” Moll is short for “Molly” which was at the time a euphemism for prostitute.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_moll

News photo and graphic showing details of the muders of North Side Gang members Hymie Weiss and Patrick Murray across from 740 N State, in front of Holy Name Cathedral, at State and Superior, 1926, Chicago.
Dean (Dion) O’Banion was killed two years earlier at the flower shop across the street.
Bullet holes from this shooting are still visible in the exterior walls at Holy Name Cathedral.
The block seen here is now a parking lot.
(thanks to Larry for catching the date!)

News photo and graphic showing details of the muders of North Side Gang members Hymie Weiss and Patrick Murray across from 740 N State, in front of Holy Name Cathedral, at State and Superior, 1926, Chicago.

Dean (Dion) O’Banion was killed two years earlier at the flower shop across the street.

Bullet holes from this shooting are still visible in the exterior walls at Holy Name Cathedral.

The block seen here is now a parking lot.

(thanks to Larry for catching the date!)

Chicago Syndicate org chart, by neighborhoods, 1936, Chicago.
The nicknames…

Chicago Syndicate org chart, by neighborhoods, 1936, Chicago.

The nicknames…

Speakeasy mob-hit, 1926, Chicago.
The sign says:
NOTICE TWO U:
ALL KNIVES MUST BE CHECKED AT DOOR
ALL MEMBERS MUST KEEP THEMSELVES 
CLEAN OR WILL BE ASKED TO
STAY OUT

Speakeasy mob-hit, 1926, Chicago.

The sign says:

NOTICE TWO U:

ALL KNIVES MUST BE CHECKED AT DOOR

ALL MEMBERS MUST KEEP THEMSELVES

CLEAN OR WILL BE ASKED TO

STAY OUT

The Parkway Hotel (now The Pierre Condominiums), 2100 N Lincoln Park West, 1921, Chicago.
Bugs Moran and a couple of other St. Valentine’s Day Massacre players lived in this building. The massacre took place only a block away on Clark Street.

The Parkway Hotel (now The Pierre Condominiums), 2100 N Lincoln Park West, 1921, Chicago.

Bugs Moran and a couple of other St. Valentine’s Day Massacre players lived in this building. The massacre took place only a block away on Clark Street.

A detective investigates a bathroom mob hit, 1948, Chicago

A detective investigates a bathroom mob hit, 1948, Chicago

Drivers across the border were compelled to post signs on cars to ward off police looking for the Chicago gangster, 1933, Chicago.

Drivers across the border were compelled to post signs on cars to ward off police looking for the Chicago gangster, 1933, Chicago.

Santo Trafficante, mob boss, strongest ally to Chicago Syndicate head Sam Giancana and all-around dapper dude, 1946, Chicago.

Santo Trafficante, mob boss, strongest ally to Chicago Syndicate head Sam Giancana and all-around dapper dude, 1946, Chicago.

Roger Touhy, a Capone rival, moments after a mob hit at 125 N. Lotus. The murder occurred just weeks after Touhy finished serving 26 years in prison. He had been framed by Capone for the kidnapping of Max Factor’s brother.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Touhy

Roger Touhy, a Capone rival, moments after a mob hit at 125 N. Lotus. The murder occurred just weeks after Touhy finished serving 26 years in prison. He had been framed by Capone for the kidnapping of Max Factor’s brother.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Touhy

Looking south at the 2100 block of N Clark Street (just north of Dickens and Armitage), 1929, Chicago.
The building on the near right is where the Valentine’s Day Massacre took place.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine’s_Day_Massacre

Looking south at the 2100 block of N Clark Street (just north of Dickens and Armitage), 1929, Chicago.

The building on the near right is where the Valentine’s Day Massacre took place.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine’s_Day_Massacre

Mugshot of the ruthless Tony Spilotro, enforcer for the Chicago Outfit in Las Vegas, 1979, Chicago.
Tony met his end by being savagely beaten in Bensenville, then driven to Indiana and buried alive with his brother in a cornfield. Joe Pesci’s character, Nicky Santoro in Martin Scorsese’s Casino, was based on Spilotro.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Spilotro

Mugshot of the ruthless Tony Spilotro, enforcer for the Chicago Outfit in Las Vegas, 1979, Chicago.

Tony met his end by being savagely beaten in Bensenville, then driven to Indiana and buried alive with his brother in a cornfield. Joe Pesci’s character, Nicky Santoro in Martin Scorsese’s Casino, was based on Spilotro.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Spilotro

Public viewing of Dillinger’s body, 1934, Chicago.

Public viewing of Dillinger’s body, 1934, Chicago.

Wanted fugitives page from the Chicago Tribune, February 1934, Chicago.

Wanted fugitives page from the Chicago Tribune, February 1934, Chicago.

Ralph “Ralphie” “Bottles” Capon(i)e, 1928, Chicago.
Ralph was Al’s older brother and also a member of the Chicago Outfit.
Al was Public Enemy #1, while Ralph was just #3…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Capone

Ralph “Ralphie” “Bottles” Capon(i)e, 1928, Chicago.

Ralph was Al’s older brother and also a member of the Chicago Outfit.

Al was Public Enemy #1, while Ralph was just #3…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Capone