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TCM heralds launch of 'Mob City' with quartet of gangster films

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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is heralding the launch of TNT's new gangster series "Mob City" by airing a quartet of classic gangster films on Dec. 3, 2013. TNT is debuting the new series "Mob City" on Dec. 4, 2013 (9 p.m. ET/PT).

Noir gangster series Mob City promoted via Twitter blitz by TNT

"Mob City" is a three week television event that premieres on Wed., Dec. 4 and continues on Dec. 11 and Dec 18. Ed Burns ("Entourage," "Saving Private Ryan," "The Brothers McMullen"), stars as gangster Bugsy Siegel in "Mob City," a noir type series about gangsters in Los Angeles in 1949, according to information from Turner Broadcasting.

Burns will join TCM host Robert Osborne to introduce four classic thrillers: White Heat (1949), The Roaring Twenties (1939), The Big Heat (1953) and Key Largo (1948). The two men will also talk about Burns’ role in Mob City and the influence of classic gangster films on TNT’s high-profile production.

TNT’s Mob City, from award-winning writer-director-executive producer Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile), follows the epic battle between the Los Angeles Police Department and the mob in 1940s Los Angeles.

TCM’s Dec. 3 lineup features some of the most influential and enduring gangster movies ever made. The schedule showcases top-notch performances by such legendary stars as James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Virginia Mayo, Lee Marvin and Priscilla Lane. A complete schedule is included below, along with additional info on Ed Burns and TNT’s Mob City.

The quartet of gangster films starts with "White Heat " (1949) on Tues. at 8 p.m. "White Heat," directed by Raoul Walsh, stars James Cagney as a ruthless gangster, along with Edmond O'Brien and Virginia Mayo. Cagney’s lightning-in-a-bottle performance is punctuated by great dialogue, including his oft-quoted final line,

"The Roaring Twenties" (1939) stars James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart in an action-packed thriller set during Prohibition, so this film may be just the ticket for fans of Prohibition Era series "Boardwalk Empire." A trio of war veterans get involved in the bootlegging trade. Jealousy over a nightclub singer – played by Priscilla Lane – paves the way for a violent confrontation. Raoul Walsh directs the film, which was the last of Cagney’s initial run of gangster pictures for Warner Bros. Cagney would not don another mobster role for the studio until White Heat in 1949. "The Roaring Twenties" starts at 10 p.m.

"The Big Heat" (1953) airs at midnight. Glenn Ford plays a determinted cop who goes after the criminal underworld in the wake of his wife’s tragic murder. The taut thriller is from director Fritz Lang. Gloria Grahame turns in an outstanding performance as the gun moll who helps Ford confront the local mob boss (Alexander Scourby) and his tough right-hand man (Lee Marvin).

"Key Largo" (1948) airs at 2 a.m. Humphrey Bogart stars along with Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor. John Huston directed this outstanding drama based on Maxwell Anderson’s play about a group of people held captive in a Florida hotel in the midst of a tropical storm.

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