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My History channel Shoot
The making of HOME AND BUNKER / AL CAPONE
On October/November 2004 began the filming of a new documentary pilot for a series on famous people and their homes. History's Cribs featuring the first shoot on Al Capone's homes and his prison lodgings.
From his old South Prairie avenue home, then to his partying at the Green Mill and then finally Alcatraz.
The documentary also takes you to Al's Phildelphia prison cell and Al's Florida mansion.
My deepest heartfelt thanks goes to producer David Huntley and assistant producer Julie Pryor who coaxed me to go along and show the point of view of a Capone fan and collector instead of using the same academic historians. Thank-you David for your direction.
I also want to thank Mark the cameraman for making it look real good and especially the sound guys Alex (Chicago) and Doug (San Francisco).
Very big thanks to park ranger Mr. John Cantwell who took very good care of us at Alcatraz. We had the island to ourselves hours before the public came in.
We were also priviliged in accessing places not available to the public.
Thank-you to Bill Helmer and Rick Mattix who gave me the fever to want to go into this hobby. My thanks to all my friends who supported me during this shoot. ( Rose Keefe, Bob and Sue Koznecki,Rick Mattix ,Harry Lawrence, Bob Richards and Joe Walters).
Arriving for the shoot.
Film crew waiting to go in. Mark, Alex and David
Filming is halted by Chicago's finest. Everything is in order and now we proceed.
Open sesame and in we go!
Front entrance Al greeted the Chicago Herald Examiner reporter here in January 1,1927. Al was wearing a pink apron on top of his wool underwear and fancy slippers. He was cooking spaghetti at the time and had the pan in his hands when he met the reporter. This incident was mentioned in the Time magazine issue in which Al made the cover in 1930.
Capone family's old hallway.
Capone family dining room. Photo at right was taken there.
Film crew along with Joe Walters and Becky looking on.
Flim crew interviewing a neighbour that knew Mae and Theresa.
A very happy man.
My bud Joe Walters and I in front of Capone's old home.
Now on to San Francisco.
Alcatraz in the background.
On to Alcatraz island for the continuing documentary.
Film crew capturing the island as we approach it.
Crew taking a break talking with Ranger Cantwell.
Park Ranger John Cantwell and I standing in front of Broadway avenue.
He was very gracious host.
Sitting inside Al Capone's cell 181-206
We were privileged in that the public does not get to go inside his cell.
A view from inside his cell.
Preparing for lunch in Alcatraz hospital.
Making the shot.
Ranger Cantwell regaled us with past movies that were filmed at Alcatraz.
Filming at Alcatraz in the recreation yard.
Doug the soundman ,Mark the cameraman , David Huntley producer and I.
Doug, Mark, assistant producer Julie Pryor and yours truly.
First Posted April 2006