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|“||Last night, I had come to my home Salvatore Mistretta, my cousin. He has complaints against you.||„|
|~ Gallano talking to Cummings|
Gallano was a minor villain in the 1975 movie Mitchell. He was portrayed by Harold J. Stone.
Gallano was a very powerful mafia figure in the Los Angeles, California area. In August 1963 Gallano and other mafia figures met with James Arthur Cummings and agreed to allow him to have power and influence in the area in exchange for assignments to be performed by Cummings at a later date.
In 1975 working with his contacts in Mexico Gallano's cousin Salvatore Mistretta and corrupt union lawyer Walter Deaney arranged the hijacking of shipment of heroin, and had them shipped to the United States via cargo ship to port facilities owned by Cummings. Being tailed by the cop Mitchell Cummings did not want the drugs to come in through his facility, fearing that Mitchell would stumble upon the drugs.
Cummings told Mistretta to have the drugs go elsewhere. Mistretta insisted, and when Cummings still refused Mistretta went to Gallano to complain that Cummings was not being cooperative. Galano arranged a meeting with Cummings, and reminded him of his earlier 1963 agreement to take on assignments in the future. Cummings still refused to handle the shipment when it came in.
Tiring of the harassment from both the mafia and Mitchell Cummings eventually agreed to let the drugs come in through his port, but let Mitchell in on the plot so that Mitchell would be in position to arrest both Mistretta and Gallano. After pulling off a series of double crosses against both Mitchell and Mistretta, Cummings pulled off one final double cross against Gallano, intercepting the heroin in his port facilities and replacing it with chalk.
Mitchell was able to escape the trap Cummings set for him with Mistretta, and after catching up with Cummings killed him in a shootout.