Lucky Luciano: The Myth and the Movie that Never Was

Updated: Oct 13

By Christian Cipollini.

“Tossed Out For Dead: Walks Off,” - AP, October 17, 1929.

He survived a one-way gang ride, or so it was alleged. The incident forever seared the 'Lucky' moniker into underworld history, and propelled the name Luciano out of relative obscurity and into the public domain, but not without an abundance of mistaken folklore and foggy conjecture to follow. Further morphing of the tale, perpetuated by consistently misreported and incorrect historical accounts created a monstrosity of mythical proportions (books, magazine articles, movies, documentaries, etc.)

Photo Courtesy: MobCity Productions | Lucky Luciano contract signing.

Luciano remained tight-lipped and kept his business close to vest, but while living in exile during 1950s and 60s he began entertaining the questions of curious journalists. Sometimes he would reveal or offer his own interpretation of major and fateful events from his past. For example, in an interview with sports columnist Oscar Fraley in 1960, Luciano dismissed some of the ‘gangland’ theories of his 1929 ride. He admitted the attack was carried out because the aggressors were interested in the whereabouts of Jack ‘Legs’ Diamond, but the perps weren’t fellow mobsters.

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