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Whitejazz

White Jazz by James Ellroy
Dramatized by Mike Walker
Directed by Andy Jordan
BBC Radio 4 American Noir Season 1996?

Dramatization of White Jazz written by James Ellroy in 1992

PlotEdit

Dave Klein remembers. He was a lieutenant in the Los Angeles Police Department during the fifties. He was the witness of the efforts of Welles Noonan, a politician who wanted to clean up the Southern part of Los Angeles, territory of Mickey Cohen, the jazz joints,
the black people and the Kafesjian, an Armenian family dealing with drugs but protected by the police. He was also an active and manipulated character of the rivalry between Dudley Smith, the most corrupted cop of L.A. and Ed Exley, the chief of the inspectors of the Los Angeles Police Department.
When there is a burglary in the Kafesjian house, Dave Klein is assigned to the job by Ed Exley. He enters the intimacy of this family and soon understands that this is not a common burglary. Who was the man watching every night Lucille Kafesjian wandering naked in her room with her windows open ? His quest will drive him in the jazz clubs of South L.A. where he'll discover the heroes of be-bop, the heroes of the white jazz.

CastEdit

  • Dave Klein.......................Stuart Milligan
  • Glenda Bledsoe................Angeline Ball
  • Ed Exley.........................James Laurenson
  • Dudley Smith.....................William Hootkins
  • Stemmons.........................Noah Margate
  • Kafesjian........................Andy Lucas
  • 'Hush Hush' Rachell / The Prisoner / Wiley.........Struan Rogers
  • Mickey Cohen.....................Glen Rage
  • 'Touch' Veccio......................Ian Kelly
  • Howard Hughes....................Hugo Napier
  • Miltier..................................William Roberts
  • Leroy Carpenter.....................Don Gilet
  • Wilheit................................Ioan Meridith
  • Federal Prosecutor Wells Noonan.....................Bob Sherman
  • Kaltenbourne.......................Jason Shephard
  • Lucille.................................Tracy Ann Obermann
  • Police Officer.......................Gerard McDermid
  • Rygo...................................Martin McDougal
  • Johnson...............................William Marsh
  • The Radio Announcer............Hugh Dickson

Critical ReceptionEdit

ReferencesEdit

Details from a recording of the play

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