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NCJ Number: 77677 Find in a Library
Title: Biography of a Bookie Joint
Corporate Author: Columbia Broadcasting System
United States of America
Project Director: J L McMullen
Date Published: 1961
Sponsoring Agency: Columbia Broadcasting System
New York, NY 10019
Sale Source: Columbia Broadcasting System
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Narrated by Walter Cronkite, this CBS documentary used hidden cameras to record gambling activity at a Boston key shop and to show how organized gambling can be both lucrative and corrupting.
Abstract: At 5:30 a.m., June 3, 1961, CBS cameramen began their operation; by 3 p.m. an estimated 875 people had entered the key shop. The film shows gambling activities recorded by the hidden cameras including customers placing bets, bookies burning betting slips in an outdoor trash can, and pickup men coming to collect money. The film also presents interviews with directors from the New England Crime Commission, the Massachusetts State Crime Commission, the State police, and the Internal Revenue Service. The directors discuss the corrupting influence of illegal gambling in Massachusetts, the reluctance of some legislators to stand up to the gambling lobby, and payoffs to police officers. In addition, the film shows two raids on the key shop in September 1961, by the Internal Revenue Service and in October 1961, by the State police. The film estimates that the gambling activities at the key store may have grossed as much as $25,000 a week. The suggestion is made that State adoption of legalized gambling activities may not necessarily solve the problem of illegal gambling.
Index Term(s): Films; Gambling control; Illegal gaming/gambling; Massachusetts; Organized crime
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