The Hidden Secrets: Gangsters of the 1920s and 1930s

 (28)1 h 9 min201213+
Never before has a gallery of cops, robbers, and daredevil crooks ever been assembled into one collection. Using FBI and police film, archival footage, and rare photographs, this story traces the life of Al "Scarface" Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, and many other Depression Era gangsters of the 1920s and 1930s.
Ted Hallock
Al CaponeBonnie ParkerClyde Barrow
English [CC]
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John Dillinger"Machine Gun" KellyDutch SchultzLegs Diamond"Pretty Boy" Floyd
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K. J. KendallReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Nothing new to be learned and some of the background info is just wrong. For example the narrator said that Prohibition made consumption of alcohol illegal, when in fact it was only the manufacture distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages was illegal. Getting basic things like that wrong makes me want to stop watching and I did.
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EldweenaReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fast-paced but authentic; all vintage photos and recordings without reenactments
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I'm not sure why people complain about the narration. The pacing was pretty quick but it's only an hour long and they crammed a lot of information in there. It's full of vintage photos and video clips and audio files. A very informative and interesting peek into the lives of some of the most notorious gangsters of the era.
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Ron BakerReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not much new here
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There are some interesting vintage video and pictures included in this routine documentary but this is all rehashed information on gangsters that has all been told (usually better) before. I will say there was some interesting info I hadn't heard before on how Dillinger's family profited after his death by traveling and giving renditions (for a price of course) of Dillinger's life.
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K. SimonReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Poor presentation
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The narrator clearly didn't pre-read his script and learn how to pronounce names, words, cities, etc. Several historical mistakes. This is like they took a high school term paper and put it to stock mob pictures.
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Avid ReaderReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of Time
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None of this was new information. They basically regurgitated the same historical information that has been said for years. There was not ONE secret that I saw. I didn't even bother to watch the whole thing and stopped once I got to John Dillinger.
StratovariousReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
You will see NO ''Hidden Secrets'' in this documentary, well done, but no 'secrets' .
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Well done , great narrator.
Very nice, although there are absolutely no:
''Hidden Secrets'' here.
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BranndiReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed the stories and backgrounds of the different gangsters
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I enjoyed the stories and backgrounds of the different gangsters. Copone and Bonnie/Clyde are what was best known to me but I learned a lot of information about the others I didn't know. The footage though, while good in the actual photo scene, was poorly made and seemed like a cheaply made documentary.
robert follisReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2019
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I enjoyed watching this and gave good info on past history.
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