Designer: Frank Ingenito
Company: Ashton Drake
Story Card Edit
1946. You know, of all the roles I've played in my amazing career (on and off the screen), the ones I love most are, for want of a better term, the street guys. Oh, sure, those elegant bachelor roles are nice (and so true to the real me) and the swashbucklers cut a swath with the ladies, but those tough guys with a heart of gold make me think back to my early days when I was a struggling young--well, younger--actor. In those days, I must admit I hung around with a questionable crowd--good sorts as people but a bit shady when it came time to making a living...
My film Jack of Diamonds was a good example. In it, I played Handsome Jack, the proprietor of an underground gambling establishment (and I do mean underground--its home was an abandoned subway station under Times Square). One day, my life is turned upside-down by a cute little Doll From the Sticks (the lovely as ever Gene Marshall) who wants to be a star. Using my "influence", I get her a job at a nightclub--but when she comes to me with a sob story about raising money to keep a boys club from going belly-up and bats those baby blues...well, what guy in his right mind could resist.
So I gather my friends, turn the nightclub into a casino for one night, raise the money--then the police show up! Fortunately, a reprieve from Mayor LaGuardia saves the day and the boys club--and I get the girl.
Funny thing was, when this picture came out, I actually got a letter from one of my old Times Square cronies. He complimented me on the great job I did. And then he gave me this little tip on a horse that he heard just MIGHT win the Derby...