In pursuit of period-piece purity, sixth “Fallen Angels” entry happily goes to black-and-white — but blows authenticity by using crude lingo. Steven Katz’s vid adaptation about a fictional character (played by Gary Busey) trying to find the same doll for both Howard Hughes and Mickey Cohen in post-World War II L.A. stings enough without the vulgarity; James Ellroy’s intricate plotting goes like clockwork.
Busey’s just fine as a procurer-bagman, and Dick Miller is effective as Hughes’ accountant as is Robert L. Minor as a bookie.
Aimee Graham is a standout the the missing femme, while Tim Matheson’s Hughes is a good approximation. James Woods, handing in a manic Cohen, doesn’t faintly resemble him.
Declan Quinn’s B&W lensing and Stan Salfas’ editing are impressive.