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39 Film cop faces charges Boston Evening Globe Tuesday, November 30, 1971 Hackman defends 'Connection' detective Tough Eddie skips the rules ivh ml x-T-vrs lv 3" rf -4vV 1 'f 1' fei-iiiitTTrtf Him- iii iiiiiM it ill- mZimmi-tmmftn mftrv THE REAL THING New York detective Eddie Egan (left) became famous for his part in "The French Connection." And Gene Hackman (right) may win an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of the narcotics cop. Hackman thinks Egan giit a "bum deal" when the New York Police Department charged Egan with withholding small amounts of drugs. By George McKinnon Globe Staff Eddie Egan is a tough New York Irish cop who likes to say things like, "I can't operate by a rule book, if you went by the book we'd be in a jungle." Egan, a 40-year-old burly Irishman from Queens, is New York's most famous cop since the days when Johnny Brode-rick's exploits used to fill the tabloids. They have even made a movie out of his activities on the narcotics squad, "The French Connection," a big smash across the country right now. Eddie was in Boston recently to plug his film, and over a Coca Cola at the Ritz Bar he talked of his retirement from the New York police force and his hopes of becoming a star in the movies.

They were big dreams "for a guy who used to play stick ball on the streets in Queens," he admitted. Two weeks ago Eddie went skidding from his movie-star dreams and his self-assumed role of spokesman for the old-line tough cops. He was charged by the New York Police if that's what they're after, They'd never take a chance on a five buck- bag of heroin. "I tell you what I think happened. I went along on some raids with these Egan and his partner.

For all anyone knew, I was a cop. I saw how they operated. See, they weren't after the street users, the little guys. They want the suppliers. Their dream is to bust an entire shipment while it's coming into the country which i3 what the movie is about.

"Anyway, they'd be in hostile territory. A street corner saloon or someplace. And bust a guy and shove the stuff into their pockets, too busy to think about it. They're worried about knives and guns. They're not worried about a glassine envelope of heroin.

That's not gonna stab them in the back. So they'd shove the stuff in their pockets while they had the guy up against the wall, and then if they decided not to bust him, they couldn't take the stuff and give it back. "I remember once somebody shoved some stuff at me, and said, 'Here hold I got back to my hotel and found the stuf still in my coat pocket. These guys, they're after the main thing. Sometimes they're sloppy about details.

So they forget a bag, They're doing a job." There is a lot of talk that Hackman will get an Academy Award nomination as best actor for "The French Connection." He has already been nominated twice as best supporting actor: in 1968 for "Bonnie that the new rules "handcuffing the cops" were made because of the Eddie Egans. Whether or not he had an inkling of his coming troubles, he did drop a couple of bitter remarks. "A cop brought up on charges is automatically guilty "I had all the opportunities if I was on the take, but my partner and I were like untouchable and everyone knew it." Eddie Egan may not have known it as he sat chatting in the Ritz Bar, but there probably will be another good movie in his current difficulties and his future career, which ever direction it may take. Supreme Court rulings which he says "handcuffs the police." All this paper work is too much. I'd just throw them into jail over and over again.

Even if I could get the junkies and pushers off the streets for an hour it would' give you piece of mind. You wouldn't be attacked or robbed by them. For 13 years I was married to my job. I loved being a police officer, and I took pride in it. Now people spit at us.

We put our lives on the line every time we go to work and people hate us." Looking a bit uncomfortable in the setting of the Ritz Bar, far from his Lombardo's 30-year recipe still satisfies the over-40s Department with failing to turn in small amounts of drugs and related equipment in 22 separate cases. The police statement said that three separate sets of charges had been brought against the detective and that the department's case against Egan must be completed by Dec. 2 because the detective has applied for early retirement after 15 years as a policeman. You can see Eddie in a bit role in "The French Connection," based on a fictionalized account of a case in which he and his partner, Det. Salvatore Grosso, discovered a cache of heroin said to be worth $3.5 million hidden in the car of a French television personality.

Eddie has some unusual ideas about the drug trade. "All this junk around is coming from a foreign power. They are trying to destroy us through drugs. Years back a six-year-old niece of mine was badly beaten by a drug addict and I tore Queens apart to find him. From then on I have had no sympathy with the addicts or pushers." Egan has no use for the BOSTON cocktail lounge imported liiruors, room available, lunch specials, oper.

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Then, Detective Eddie Egan (whose real-life adventure is told in "The French was busted on real-life charges of withholding small quantities of drugs in 22 separate cases. Gene Hackman, who plays Egan in the movie, thinks Eddie got a lousy deal. "What kind of a thing is that, busting the guy 10 days before he's up for retirement?" Hackman was asking the other day. "I know, these guys and that retirement pay means a lot to them. It's no laughing matter.

Besides, I'm positively sure, myself, that it was a bum rap. But I can't tell you why for publication." Why not? I said. It might do Egan some good. "Yeah," said Hackman, after a moment's thought. "Why the hell not? The key words in the indictment are 'small They're talking about nickel bags.

Egan isn't that kind of a guy, I just know he's not. For one thing guys like that have too many opportunities for big scores, the bus isccming GO in color WELaHDOR'' NOW SB3 tnuvvs At a vu o-uu uu PeI KEnmore (5) COLOR THWS AMEHtCAN RIMS UNICORN WtRPKSES ICTUHeI P.M. mm. "ONE OF THE YEARS 10 BEST FILMS" Kevin Kelly Boston Glob LOUIS WALLE'S "MURMUR OF THE HEART" Suggested for mature audiences Daily at: 7:30 9:30 P.M. Sat.

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"I'm not talking just about myself. I'd like to see Billy Fried-kin get some recognition as the year's best director. Nobody else could have made this picture. I learned a lot about movies just knowing what Billy left out in the editing stage. He left out all kinds of character development scenes, in order to get on with the action.

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I have lined up a series for TV based on my work and also a feature picture and there is some talk I may play myself." This thought cheered him. The main thing that comes across when talking to Egan is that he is not the friendly cop on the corner who helps school children across the street. Eddie is tough and not the guy to face if you are on the wrong side of the law. Despite his fine record of arrests, one gets the feeling brother-in-law Kenny Gardner's vocal, "Enjoy Yourself." Of course he got around to "Boo-Hoo," which he introduced at the Metropolitan Theater (now the Music Hall) in 1938. Cliff Grass and Ty Lemley shared vocals with Gardner.

In terms of musical context the Lombardo outfit would be labeled a "Mickey Mouse" orchestra. Little if any arranging genius is evident in its playing. As big bands go, this is a very small unit. It uses a tuba in place of a bass fiddle, and as for the drummer, well Lawrence Welk's percussionist is overworked by comparison. So how do you explain away the staying power and popularity of the orchestra? The people who listen to Lombardo prefer their music uncomplicated and the melody discernible at all times.

Professionality is obvious too. Besides, the relaxed, easy-going style that has marked the playing of this organization will never lack for followers. The band sounds substantially the same as it did 30 years ago. That, too, has its appeal for another segment of music fans. Whatever the reason, the Guy Lombardo mystique is still highly effective.

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Any young folks in large numbers were probably to be found a safe distance from Symphony Hall. The only change in-strumentally in the band (only 10 pieces with the twin pianos reduced to one) is the electric organ. It was oldies-but-very-oldies night as the band that plays "the sweetest music this side of heaven" offered material it has performed thousands of times: "I Want To Be Happy," "Lara's Theme," "Beautiful Ohio," "Tales of the Vienna Woods," "Tea for Two," "Johnson Rag," "Twelfth-Street Rag," "Humores-que," "Third Man Theme," "Frankie and Johnny" to Daily calendar "MAN OF LA MAKCHA" Colonial Theater, at 7:30. Allan Jones has the leading role in the "Iitdos-sible Dream" musical. ''OH COWARDI" Hotel Somerset's Musical Theater II, at 8:30 A blend of songs and sayings honoring the worldly and wordly Sir Noel.

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