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aka: The Hat-Headed Hand Hurters


"Gangster Squad! in color."

Website Blurb[]

Uh, one question, boss: Doesn't Gangster Squad kind of sound like WE'RE the Gangsters?
We return to a big, old-fashioned Hollywood flop with Gangster Squad, the movie that takes a bunch of good actors and a promising director and churns out a film that's absurd and deadly dull by turns. Meanwhile, Elliott gives Hoagie Carmichael gift advice, Stuart comes out for cast awareness, and Dan is tired and really doesn't keep up his end of the co-hosting duties. This episode brought to you by the letter "H."

Movie Summary[]


A handful of incorruptible LAPD cops takes on the Los Angeles crime syndicates (in addition to the rest of the police force) in this post-WWII crime drama.


Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mobster Mickey Cohen has 1949 Los Angeles in an iron fist, as he accumulates a fortune from drugs, prostitution and gambling. Cohen has an army of paid goons at his disposal, but he also has certain policemen and politicians in his pocket. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest cop, until Los Angeles Police Department mavericks, Sgts. John O'Mara and Jerry Wooters, form a secret crew to bring Cohen to justice.

­The sky was dark...
       —Stuart @03:00
Elliott dubs this film The Hat-Headed Hand Hurters. @14:25
  • Everyone wears hats (including a dog!), and there is a lot of hand-based violence.
HAT as an acronym. @14:25

Final Judgments[]

  • Bad-Bad Movie (Dan) @37:30
  • Bad-Bad Movie (Stuart) @38:10
  • Good-Bad Movie (Elliott) @38:20

Episode Highlights[]


Movie Pitches[]

Animal Squad @09:20
A pest control guy takes on the mob after they upset the natural balance in the coyote and roadrunner populations. The sequel features mongooses and cobras.
Prankster Squad @10:29
Not-Afraid-of-Fire Gangster Guy @27:05


Listener Mail[]

Mailbag Song[]



"U.S.O. Tour" from Listener Lastnamewithheld @42:05
"Mail Title" from Listener Lastnamewithheld @45:25
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
"Ali Larter Is Obsessed" from Anne-Marie Lastnamewithheld @47:40
Popcorn Trick @48:30
"Good-Bad Boobs, Bad-Bad Boobs, or Boobs You Kinda Like" from Tricia Lastnamewithheld @51:40
Pervazoid #1
The Great Bikini Off-Road Adventure


  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) by Peter Yates (Elliott) @58:00
  • Grand Piano (2013) by Eugenio Mira (Dan) @1:02:40
  • Manhunter (1986) by Michael Mann (Stuart) @58:40
  • The Roaring Twenties (1939) by Raoul Walsh (Elliott) @57:05