Directed by Jonathan Kaplan, written by James Ellroy (story), and Steven Katz (teleplay). The cinematography was by Declan Quinn (The Kill-Off (1989), Leaving Las Vegas (1995)), and the music was by Peter Bernstein.
The episode stars James Woods (Hickey & Boggs (1972), Once Upon A Time In America (1984) as Mickey Cohen, Gary Busey (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Lost Highway (1997)) as Buzz Meeks, Bob Minor as Leotis, Tim Matheson as Howard Hughes, and Aimee Graham as Gretchen Rae Shoftel.
|Buzz Meeks (Gary Busey)|
|Howard Hughes (Tim Matheson)|
|Micket Cohen (James Woods)|
|Gretchen Rae (Aimee Graham)|
|Leotis (Bob Minor)|
It just so happens that Gretchen Rae is on the run from the Chicago mob because she skipped out with the books from a whorehouse that specialized in hookers who looked like Hollywood movie stars. This plot device was reused in L.A. Confidential where the whorehouse was run by Pierce Patchett (David Strathairn) and he had the hookers cut to look like movie stars.
Of course it all goes Noirsville but Meeks finds a way out.
The episode is missing the hilarious details of Mickey Cohen Jr. from the short story, Jr. is a bulldog belonging to Cohen with a huge shlong that the gangster tie a roller skate to so that it doesn't drag on the ground. Also jettisoned is the darker gruesome details of what Meeks discovers at some of the crime scenes he comes across. 7/10