• Film,  jazz,  Music

    Music for White-Collar Crime

    I have never created the soundtrack for a film, nor do I have the competence to do so.   I imagine, though, that it is very difficult to get right.  Assembling a “soundtrack” for a cultural and legal lagoon like white-collar crime is not easy, either, and subject to much subjectivity. Nevertheless, here below is my Spotify effort.  The list includes Bach, The Last Mr. Bigg,  Miles Davis, Lana Del Ray, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Mozart, The Steve Miller Band and Warren Zevon. Please follow the  “White Collar Wire” playlist on Spotify.  I plan to refresh it every other Sunday.    

  • Crime Fiction,  Film,  Privilege,  Trials, Judges and Jurors

    White-Collar Motive, Gun Crazy Movie

    In 1950, producers Frank and Maurice King released Gun Crazy, a sometimes surreal Bonnie-and-Clyde story with an introverted, pacifist gun lover (Barton Tare, played by John Dall) and an English femme fatale sharpshooter  (Annie Laurie Starr, played by Peggy Cummins).  Carried forward by his lust for and fascination with Annie, the non-violent Bart — without thinking or planning — becomes a robber and, eventually, an accessory to murder. A classic American film noir, Gun Crazy has merited a book (Eddie Mueller’s Gun Crazy: The Origin of American Outlaw Cinema) and much commentary by film buffs.  It also gives us insight into a common question in white-collar cases: “Why did he [or she, but usually…