The Actor's Den

A tale of identity in LA's television scene.

"Because he’s written television for as long as Shelly has known him, Jack drags her along on these nights, to watch staged readings of other writers’ scripts in the attic above the bar—a cramped, airless room they call the “Actor’s Den.” The television Jack makes rarely finds its way into peoples’ homes, but he makes it, one way or the other—even if he only guides it along its path to destruction like a doomsday chauffeur. The bar is wood paneled and velvety like the inside of a jewelry box. The owner drinks ancient scotch out of a miniature crystal glass and pulls constantly at his handlebar mustache, a collector of old timey things. When they arrive, he tells Jack about the two screenplays he’s writing: one comedy, one horror."

L.A. Noir: Tales from the Gangster Squad

When the East Coast mob showed up in L.A. in 1946, the LAPD formed a ruthess special unit to run them out of town: the Gangster Squad.

  1. Part I: Crusaders in the underworld: The LAPD takes on organized crime

  2. Part II: While Mickey Cohen dodges bullets, the squad seeks revenge on gossip columnist Florabel Muir

  3. Part III: The Gangster Squad sets a trap for Mickey Cohen

  4. Part IV: Cop befriends a crook

  5. Part V: Fatal advice to The Enforcer, 'Don't take any firearms'

  6. Part VI: A fateful night at Rondelli's

  7. Part VII: Noir justice catches up with Mickey Cohen