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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Nov. 23, 1940

  Nov. 23, 1940, Dr. Blank  

Nov. 23, 1940: This is one of the more interesting L.A. corruption stories of the 1940s. Bugsy Siegel was getting out of jail, where he was in custody in the killing of Harry Greenberg, thanks to Dr. Benjamin Blank, the jail physician.

I hesitate to refer anyone to Jim Richardson’s autobiography, “For The Life of Me,” because it’s flawed by his faulty memory (the book might be subtitled: “I was a better reporter roaring drunk than you were stone sober and don’t you forget it”), but he has more information on the relationship between Blank and Siegel. Florabel Muir also talks about Blank and Siegel in “Headline Happy.” 

Siegel's FBI file is here -- all 2,421 heavily censored pages of it.

Jimmie Fidler says: Mrs. Dean Jagger, helpmate. Mrs. Jagger proved her interest in her husband's screen career by interrupting his first kissing scene to demand a retake because "she knew from personal experience that he could do better."

  Nov. 23, 1940, Jimmie Fidler
  Nov. 23, 1940, Dr. Blank  
Nov. 23, 1940, Dr. Blank

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