“Delancey Street Battle Ends In Death”

“Dreamsville, Ohio”; Charlie Spivak and his Orch.; Jean Hutton; Lee; Rinker; Freeland; Okeh (6518); Publication date: November 24 1941

“Newspaper Boy Blues”; Tiny Bradshaw; Little Tiny Kennedy; Bradshaw; Kennedy; King (4537-A);l February 27, 1952

The Newspaper That Can and Dares To Tell the Truth!

Read PM Everyday…

PM, November 24 1941, p. 5

“Tell the Truth”; The “5” Royales; Lawman Pauling; King (5141); 1958

…the newspaper division of the New York Public Library…

PM, November 24 1941, p. 14

“Get Your Paper (The Newspaper Song)”; Eddie Fisher; Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra; Jerry Ross; RCA Victor (20-4100-B);1951

PM, November 24 1941, p. 22

Clifford Burdette: African-American Radio Pioneer” on WNYC.ORG

“News Effects”; Major (5038 A); 1960

The Real Macumba…

PM, November 24 1941, p. 23

“She Brought Life Back to the Dead”; “Sonny Boy” Williamson and His House Rockers; W. Williamson; Trumpet (No. 215); December 4, 1951

PM, November 24 1941, pp. 12-13

“As Long As You Live (You’ll Be Dead If You Die)”; Mildred Bailey and her Orchestra; Mildred Bailey; Mercer; Hanighen; Vocalion (4253); June 29, 1938

PM, November 24 1941, p. 13

Cop Kills Holdup Man:

A few minutes after he held up an Essex Street lunchroom on the Lower East Side and shot a patron, Vincent Mannuzza, 31, was lying dead at the feet of the cop who shot him. Patrolman Laurence Cramer, right, shot and killed Mannuzza after a two-block chase and is shown handing the gunman’s revolver to Sgt. Eugene Morland. The $20 loot taken from the restaurant lies in Mannuzza’s hat at his side. An ambulance surgeon crouches over the dead man who was shot in the head and back. Mannuzza shot a customer, Adam Zayko, 50, when he refused to go into the back room with two other customers and the manager of the lunchroom.
PM Photo by Weegee

PM, November 24 1941, p. 13

“Dead Man’s Blues”; Scat Man Crothers; Riff Charles And Friends; Vic Dickenson; Riff Charles; Capitol (15076); 1948

“Dead Broke”; The Du Droppers; Emma Pratt; Jesse Stone; Groove (G-0001); 1954

“As Long as You Live You’ll Be Dead If You Die”; Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra; Louis Armstrong; Bernie Hanighen; Johnny Mercer; Decca (2230 A); May 13, 1938


Thousands Awed as Gunman Fires Wildly at Pursuers in Crowded Delancey Street


Critically Wounded When He Blocks Doorway as Thug Flees After Hold-Up

The New York Times, November 24 1941

“Minnie the Moocher Is Dead”; Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra; Dandridge Sisters; Edwin Wilcox; James Crawford; Moses Allen; Al Norris; Willie Smith; Joe Thomas; Ted Buchner; Earl Carruthers; Dan Grisson; Gerald Wilson; Paul Webster; Snookie Young; Elmer Crubley; James Young; Russell Bowles; Musgrove; Taylor; Segure; Columbia (35700); June 19, 1940

Weegee, Naked City, 1945, pp. 82-83

There was a good double feature at the Loew’s Delancey Street on Sunday, November 23, 1941. At 8:45 PM, for 39 cents [7 bucks today], you could have seen this double feature, (neither were were gangster films):

Tanks a Million
(1941): “It was the first of Hal Roach’s Streamliners, short films under an hour designed for the lower half of a double feature.” (Wikipedia)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941): “American horror film starring” Lana Turner, Ingrid Bergman, and Spencer Tracy. (Wikipedia)

PM, November 23, 1941

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde trailer

“…good and evil are so close as to be chained together at the soul…”

“Your Eyes Have Never Seen Entertainment So Graphically Filmed.”

“You Must See It To Believe It!”

“Newspaper Headlines”; Formerly Star & Garter; Whiz (Emp 22)

The Cop Kills Holdup Man story was widely published, photo-free, on November 24, 1941, here are selected newspaper headlines (and a book caption):

Cop Kills Holdup Man (PM)

Crime And Punishment (Naked City)

Delancey St. Battle Ends In Death (Knickerbocker News)

Ex-Convict Slain In $9 Holdup Of New York Diner (Troy)

Ex-convict Shot Down after Chase (Niagara Falls)

Exconvict Killed, Diner Patron Shot in East Side Holdup (Syracuse)

Just Out Of Prison Thug Is Shot Dead In a Street Battle (Daily News)

New York Police Chase, Slay Convict (Herald Statesman)

Police Kill Ex-Convict (Ossining)

Policeman Kill Bandit In Battle (New York Times)

Robber Slain, Diner Wounded (Rochester)

“OUT TO LUNCH”; Coleman Hawkins; Walter Thomas Orchestra; Walter Thomas; Hilton Jefferson; Cozy” Cole; Clyde Hart; Milton Hinton; Jonah Jones; Eddie Barefield; Davis (DA-10-6), 1945

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