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In the wake of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Ness confiscates the weapons of the underworld. This doesn't stop Frank Nitti from finding ways to acquire more so he can use them against chief rival Bugs Moran.
In January of 1929, Matt Malloy, one of Frank Nitti's boys, walks into a sporting goods store. He can't purchase a pistol without a police permit but he can purchase a Thompson submachine gun for $150. Later, in the conference room of the Montmarte Cafe, half a dozen choppers are laid on the table. Nitti picks up a chopper and tells the boys to use 'em. The ensuing violence culminates in the bloody St. Valentine's Day Massacre on February 14, 1929 in which seven members of Bugs Moran's North Side mob are slaughtered in a garage...Read the full recap
This episode, which begins in February of 1929, is the earliest timewise in series history.
Robert J. Wilke would portray Bugs Moran once again in Season Four's The Eddie O'Gara Story.
Frank Nitti apparently believed somewhat in racial harmony (on the show) because one of the employees of his Montmarte Club in this episode is an Afro-American.
Salome Jens would return in Season Four's Man in the Cooler.
George Matthews would return in Season Four's The Economist.
Nitti: (about Moran) I'm gonna bury him.
Nitti: (to Moran) You'll get it, Moran. Believe me, you'll get it.
Ness: (to Moran) You'll get the chair just on general principle.
Nitti: (about the choppers) You got 'em, use 'em.
Ness: (to Nitti) Give my regards to Big Al when he calls.
Moran: Valentine's Day comes early this year.
Hobson: We tore Moran's place apart. No guns but a lot of alibis.
Malloy: (to Nitti) It ain't your fault Ness won't take a bribe.
Historical error #1: in the narration it's stated that Al Capone left Chicago for Miami on February 16, two days after the St. Valentine's Day Massacre but in reality Capone had been in Miami for several days prior to the Massacre.
Historical error #2: If the research department had dug a little deeper they would have discovered that Frank Nitti was not in Chicago either on February 16, 1929. He was in St. Louis on that day getting married to Anna Theresa Rango, his second wife.
Historical error #3: In the Massacre scene, seven gunmen are shown blasting with choppers when in reality only two were used.
Arsenal is a very disjointed episode that jumps around all over the place. Even the presence of Frank Nitti can't save it as it rates as the lowest episode of Season Three in my book.