Gangster Frank Costello walks out of Kefauver hearing in New York.
Unissued / unused material.
American newsreel item.
Title reads: "Kefauver Crime Probe in New York".
United States of America (USA).
Various shots of court room. C/U of Senator Estes Kefauver sitting at judge's bench. M/S gangster and gambler Frank Costello addressing senate (natural sound): "I'm in no condition to testify, you heard my statement through Mr. Wool and I stand by it and under no condition will I testify, from herein until I'm well enough".
Kefauver: "You refuse to testify further?"
Costello: "Absolutely, Mr. Halley, with all due respect to the senate, who I've got an awful lot of respect for, I'm not going to answer another question, you said I'm not under arrest and I'm going to walk right out".
Costello is then seen walking out of courtroom.
Date on dope sheet is 01/05/1951.
NB: according to shot list on dope sheet item was originally much longer - missing shots have probably decomposed. Original shot list was as follows:
GV. The Courtroom. MS. Senator Kefauver (left) sitting at the bench. CU. Lawyer type. LS. Erikson taking the oath. MS. Kefauver sitting at the bench. CU.(side view) Frank Erikson. MS. Kefauver speaking:- "We don't want any difficulty with you, Mr. Erikson, but I'm afraid that there are some questions that you will have to answer." CU.(side view) Erikson. Kefauver asks:- "What is your business?' Defence answers:- "We can't tell you?" Erikson says:- "I have no business, I'm in jail". GV. The courtroom. Prosecution asks: "Was there ever any legitimate business in which you were occupied?". Erikson answers:) "I refuse to answer, on the grounds that it tends to criminate me." CU. Kefauver. GV. The courtroom. MS.(side view) Joe Adonis. GV. The courtroom. (2 shots). MS. Frank Costello answering:- "Well, I wouldn't know exactly, but I might have forty, fifty, fifty five thousand in there, I wouldn't know." Committee asks:- "In other words, is the committee to understand that to the best of your knowledge the amount of cash you have in the box is approximately 40 or 50 thousand dollars." (Costello answers):- "That's right". GV. The Courtroom. MS. (side view) Mrs. Hauser answering:- "(cut-in shots of the committee etc.) 'Well, I worked for a while, and the men I was around that gave me things were not gangsters or racketeers or whatever you call these other people. The only time I ever got anything from them was by going out and having fun and a few presents. Like a lot of girls, they gave me things and bought me every- thing I wanted, and when I was with Ben he pays for every- thing.....' Committee asks:- "By Ben you mean - Ben Siegal'. Mrs. Hauser answers:- 'Yes, and he gave me some money too, and bought me a house in Florida'. Kefauver asks:- "And did you have occasion to see Costello on other occasions?' Mrs. Hauser:- "No, only in restaurants or some place.' Kefauver:- "And you did see him from time to time in restaurants?'. Mrs. Hauser:- "From time to time". Kefauver:- "Did you ever get any money from Costello?". Mrs. Hauser:- "NO". Kefauver:- 'Do you still bet the horse races?". Mrs. Hauser:- "Now? No, I don't bet any money now, I'm afraid I'll win and they'll say I made more money than I did.' GV. The Committee. CU. Costello. MS. Costello speaking:- "I'm in no condition to testify, you heard my statement through Mr. Wool and I stand by it and under no condition will I testify, from herein until I'm well enough.' Kefauver:- "You refuse to testify further?". Costello:- "Absolutely, Mr. Halley, with all due respect to the senate, who I've got an awful lot of respect for, I'm not going to answer another question, you said I'm not under arrest and I'm going to walk right out.'