Catch Me If You Can

00:03:08Thank you very much and welcome to To Tell the Truth.
00:03:11Our first guest, he's made a career out of being the most outrageous impostor
00:03:15that we've ever come across on this show. You'll see what I mean.
00:03:19Number One, what is your name, please?
00:03:22My name is Frank William Abagnale.
00:03:24- Number Two? - My name is Frank William Abagnale.
00:03:28- Number Three? - My name is Frank William Abagnale.
00:03:31From 1964 to 1967,
00:03:34I successfully impersonated an airline pilot for Pan Am Airways,
00:03:38and I flew over two million miles for free.
00:03:41During that time,
00:03:42I was also the Chief Resident Pediatrician at a Georgia hospital
00:03:46and an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana.
00:03:50By the time I was caught,
00:03:51I was considered the youngest and most daring con man in U.S. history.
00:03:56I had cashed almost $4 million in fraudulent checks
00:03:59in 26 foreign countries and all 50 states.
00:04:03And I did it all before my 19th birthday.
00:04:06My name is Frank William Abagnale.
00:04:14So, for the first time, he'll have to tell the truth.
00:04:17We'll start our questioning with Kitty.
00:04:19Thank you. Number One, why, with all your talent,
00:04:22and you're obviously a very bright fellow,
00:04:24why didn't you go in for a legitimate profession?
00:04:27It was a question of dollars and cents.
00:04:29When I was a young man, I needed the money,
00:04:31and I thought this list of careers was the easiest way to get it.
00:04:34I see. Number Two, I find this all very fascinating.
00:04:38Who was it that finally caught you?
00:04:42His name was Carl Hanratty.
00:04:51I am.
00:04:54Carl Hanratty.
00:04:55I represent the F.B.I. from the United States of America.
00:05:02I have orders to see the American prisoner, Abagnale.
00:05:34You sit here.
00:05:36You do not open the door.
00:05:40You do not pass him
00:05:43anything through the hole.
00:05:57Aw, Jesus.
00:06:18You know, I've got a little bit of a cold myself.
00:06:22Frank, I'm here to read the articles of extradition
00:06:25according to the European Court for Human Rights.
00:06:28"Article One,"
00:06:29"extradition shall be granted in respect of offenses..."
00:06:32Help me.
00:06:39Frank, stop it.
00:06:42Help me.
00:06:45You don't think you're actually going to fool me, do you?
00:06:50Sixteen pages to go. Stay with me. "Article Two",
00:06:53"if the request for extradition includes separate offenses..."
00:06:56"...each of which is punishable under the laws of the requesting party..."
00:07:07God damn it!
00:07:08Get me a doctor in here! I need a doctor!
00:07:12- Yes. - Doctor! Now!
00:07:14Don't sweat it. We'll get you right to a doctor.
00:07:21If you can hear me, don't worry. I'll take you home in the morning.
00:07:25Home in the morning, Frank.
00:07:30- What are you doing? - Washing off the lice.
00:07:33This man has to be on a plane for America. He has to see a doctor.
00:07:36Yes, the doctor comes in tomorrow.
00:07:39I've worked too long, too hard, for you to take this away from me.
00:07:42If he dies, I'm holding you responsible.
00:07:58Oh, Frank.
00:08:41Okay, Carl,
00:08:43let's go home.
00:08:46The New Rochelle Rotary Club
00:08:48has a history that goes back to 1919.
00:08:52In all those years,
00:08:53we've only seen a handful of deserving gentlemen
00:08:57inducted as lifetime members.
00:09:00It's an honor that has seen 57 names
00:09:04enshrined on the wall of honor.
00:09:07And tonight, we make it 58.
00:09:10So please stand
00:09:11as I present my very good friend, a man who keeps our pencils sharp
00:09:16and our pens in ink.
00:09:18Frank William Abagnale.
00:09:40I stand here, humbled
00:09:43by the presence of Mayor Robert Wagner
00:09:50and our club president, Jack Barnes.
00:09:58Most of all, I'm honored to see my loving wife, Paula
00:10:05and my son, Frank, Jr.
00:10:08Come on.
00:10:15Sitting in the front row.
00:10:22Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream.
00:10:26The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned.
00:10:31The second mouse
00:10:34wouldn't quit.
00:10:35He struggled so hard
00:10:37that eventually he churned that cream into butter
00:10:41and crawled out.
00:10:43Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.
00:11:04You're a better dancer than your father.
00:11:07- Hear that, Daddy? - Like fun.
00:11:09The girls don't know what they're in for.
00:11:11Show him the dance you were doing when we met.
00:11:14Oh, who can remember?
00:11:15The people in that little French village were so happy to see Americans,
00:11:20they decided to put on a show for us.
00:11:23- So they crammed 200 soldiers... - We know the story, Daddy.
00:11:26Into that tiny social hall,
00:11:29and the first person to walk on stage is your mother
00:11:32and she starts to dance.
00:11:34You know, it had been months
00:11:37since we'd seen a woman, and here's this blond angel.
00:11:40Blond bombshell.
00:11:44And the men are literally holding their breath.
00:11:47Holding their breath for you. Hear that?
00:11:52I turned to my buddies and I said...
00:11:54"I will not leave France without her."
00:11:56And I didn't.
00:11:58You didn't.
00:12:00I didn't.
00:12:02Oh, shit, the rug.
00:12:05- Oh, Mom. - I can't believe I...
00:12:07It's nothing.
00:12:08- Frankie, run and get a towel. - Yeah.
00:12:10Come on.
00:12:16Dance with me, Paula.
00:12:29Whenever I dance for you, I get in trouble.
00:12:46Frank. Wake up. Come on, let's go.
00:12:48Get up, come on.
00:12:50- Frank, wake up. - Dad.
00:12:53You don't have to go to school today. It's okay.
00:12:56- Why? Is it snowing? - Do you have a black suit?
00:12:59I overslept again.
00:13:01We have a very important meeting in the city. Eat that.
00:13:04Come on.
00:13:06Ma'am, open up, please. It's important.
00:13:08What? Oh, gosh.
00:13:11- We don't open for half an hour. - Just open the door. It's important.
00:13:15I'm sorry, we don't open for half an hour.
00:13:17What's your name, ma'am?
00:13:19- Darcy. - Darcy. That's a pretty name.
00:13:22I'm in a fix. I need a suit for my kid. This is my son, Frank.
00:13:25He needs a black suit.
00:13:27There was a death in the family. My father, 85 years old, war hero.
00:13:32There's a funeral this afternoon, military funeral,
00:13:35planes flying overhead, 21 -gun salute.
00:13:38Frank needs to borrow a suit for a couple of hours.
00:13:41I'm sorry, we don't loan suits and we're not open.
00:13:44Darcy, please. Come back.
00:13:47Darcy, is this yours?
00:13:56I just found it in the parking lot.
00:14:01Must have slipped right off your neck.
00:14:06Don't hit the curb.
00:14:12Now get out, walk around the back and hold the door open for me.
00:14:28- What's next? - Okay. Stop grinning.
00:14:30When I get inside, go back to the front seat and wait.
00:14:33Even if a cop comes and writes you a ticket,
00:14:35don't move the car, understood?
00:14:37Dad, what's all this for?
00:14:39You know why the Yankees always win?
00:14:42Because they have Mickey Mantle?
00:14:43No, it's because the other teams can't stop staring at those damn pinstripes.
00:14:47Watch this. The manager of Chase Manhattan Bank
00:14:51is about to open the door for your father.
00:14:56Mr. Abagnale,
00:14:59we don't usually loan money to people
00:15:01who have unresolved business with the IRS.
00:15:03That's a misunderstanding. I hired the wrong guy to do my books.
00:15:07A mistake anybody could make.
00:15:09I just need you guys to help me weather the storm.
00:15:12You're being investigated by the government for tax fraud.
00:15:15My store is a landmark in New Rochelle.
00:15:18I have customers all over New York.
00:15:20You're not a customer at Chase Manhattan.
00:15:22We don't know you.
00:15:23I'm sure your bank in New Rochelle could help you out.
00:15:26My bank went out of business.
00:15:28Banks like this one put them out of business.
00:15:30I know I made a mistake, I admit that. But these people want blood.
00:15:35They want my store. They've threatened to put me in jail.
00:15:40This is America, right? I'm not a criminal.
00:15:42I'm a Medal of Honor winner. A member of the New Rochelle Rotary Club.
00:15:46All I'm asking is for you to help me beat these guys.
00:15:50It's not a question of winning and losing, it's a question of risk.
00:15:54You're the largest bank in the world. Where's the...
00:15:59Where's the risk?
00:16:06How could you let him take our car like that?
00:16:08He didn't take anything, we took him. He overpaid by 500.
00:16:13Come on, Frank. Let's return the suit.
00:16:25This place is good.
00:16:26It's small, but it's gonna be a lot less work.
00:16:30A lot less work for you.
00:16:55Hey, Dad.
00:17:03Where is your mother?
00:17:05I don't know.
00:17:07She said something about going to look for a job.
00:17:12What's she going to be, a shoe salesman at a centipede farm?
00:17:21What are you doing?
00:17:24You want some pancakes?
00:17:26For dinner? On my son's 16th birthday?
00:17:29We're not going to eat pancakes.
00:17:35Why are you looking at me like that? You thought I forgot?
00:17:38- I didn't think you forgot. - I opened a checking account
00:17:43I put $25 in the account so you can buy whatever you want.
00:17:46- Don't tell your mother. - I won't.
00:17:48Thanks, Dad.
00:17:51Didn't that bank turn you down for a loan?
00:17:53Yes, they all turned me down.
00:17:56Then why you opening a banking account with them?
00:17:58Because one day, you'll want something from these people.
00:18:01A house, a car...
00:18:03They have all the money.
00:18:09There's 50 checks there, Frank,
00:18:12which means, from this day on,
00:18:16you're in their little club.
00:18:19I'm in their little club.
00:18:22You got that, you got it all.
00:18:25It's even got my name there.
00:18:29- To the moon. - To the moon.
00:18:32To the moon.
00:18:43See that? It's just a school.
00:18:46No different than Westbourne.
00:18:48Ma, you said you were going to quit.
00:18:55Frankie, you don't have to wear the uniform here.
00:18:59Why don't you take off yourjacket?
00:19:02I'm used to it.
00:19:09- Excuse me. - Yes?
00:19:11Do you know where room 17, French is?
00:19:28You selling encyclopedias?
00:19:30He looks like a substitute teacher.
00:19:48Quiet down, people!
00:19:50My name is Mr. Abagnale!
00:19:53That's Abagnale, not Abagnolee,
00:19:56not Abagnelee, but Abagnale.
00:20:00Now, somebody please tell me where you left off in your textbooks.
00:20:05Excuse me, people. If I need to ask again,
00:20:07I'm gonna write up the entire class.
00:20:09Take your seats!
00:20:15Chapter seven.
00:20:17Would you please open your textbooks to chapter eight
00:20:20and we'll get started.
00:20:22- Excuse me. What's your name? - Brad.
00:20:24Why don't you get up here
00:20:26in front of the class and read conversation number five?
00:20:44They sent for me.
00:20:46They said they needed a sub for Roberta.
00:20:49I came all the way from Dixon.
00:20:53I always sub for Roberta.
00:20:55Excuse me, why aren't you reading?
00:20:59I'll never come back to Bellarmine-Jefferson again!
00:21:02You tell them not to call me.
00:21:04Do they think it's easy for a woman my age
00:21:07and all the money that it costs to travel? I tell you, they don't give a damn.
00:21:10Mr. and Mrs. Abagnale,
00:21:12this is not a question of your son's attendance.
00:21:15I regret to inform you that for the past week,
00:21:18Frank has been teaching Mrs. Glasser's French class.
00:21:23He what?
00:21:25Your son has been pretending to be a substitute teacher.
00:21:29Lecturing the students, giving out homework...
00:21:33Mrs. Glasser has been ill,
00:21:35and there was some confusion with the real sub.
00:21:40Your son held a teacher-parent conference yesterday
00:21:43and was planning a class field trip
00:21:45to a French bread factory in Trenton.
00:21:49Do you see the problem we have?
00:21:53I've a note to miss fifth and sixth period today. Doctor's appointment.
00:21:57One moment. I'll be right with you.
00:22:02- You should fold it. - What?
00:22:05That note. It's a fake, right? You should fold it.
00:22:08It's a note from my mom. I have a doctor's appointment.
00:22:11Yeah, but there's no crease in the paper.
00:22:14When your mom hands you a note to miss school,
00:22:16the first thing you do is fold it and put it in your pocket.
00:22:20If it's real, where's the crease?
00:22:50Ma, I'm home.
00:22:54Remember that girl Joanna I was telling you about?
00:22:58I asked her out today.
00:23:01Think we're going to go to the junior prom.
00:23:05Ma, is this my driver's license?
00:23:07That's all there is, two bedrooms.
00:23:12You remember Dad's friend?
00:23:14Jack Barnes. From the club.
00:23:18He came by looking for your father.
00:23:20I was giving him a tour of the apartment.
00:23:23It's very spacious, Paula.
00:23:31Dad is at the store.
00:23:34So, Frank,
00:23:36you're getting to look more like your old man every day.
00:23:42Thanks for the sandwich, Paula.
00:23:45- I'll see you later. - Wait.
00:23:53Is this yours?
00:23:57Thanks, Frank. That's the President's pin.
00:24:02I'd be in deep trouble if I lost that.
00:24:10I'll see you all later.
00:24:22Are you hungry, Frankie? I'll make you a sandwich.
00:24:34Jack wanted to talk business with your father.
00:24:39He thinks we should get a lawyer and sue the government.
00:24:43That it's not legal, what they're doing to us.
00:24:49Why aren't you saying anything?
00:24:58You're not going to tell him, are you?
00:25:04That's right. There's nothing to tell.
00:25:08I'm going out for a few hours to visit some old friends from the tennis club.
00:25:13When I get home, we'll all have dinner together.
00:25:18But you won't say anything because it's just silly,
00:25:22isn't it?
00:25:24How could we sue anybody?
00:25:32Do you need some money, Frankie?
00:25:35A few dollars to buy some record albums?
00:25:38Here. Take $5.
00:25:42Or 10.
00:25:49You promised you were going to quit.
00:26:10Ma, I'm home.
00:26:27Hey, hey!
00:26:28You stay away from me. You hear me?
00:26:30I don't know who you are, but if you come back here...
00:26:33Frank, calm down, will you? I'm Dick Keener.
00:26:37I want you to leave your things here, follow me into the next room.
00:26:40Okay? They're all waiting for you.
00:26:45You don't have to be scared. I'm right here, Frank.
00:26:48I'll always be here.
00:26:50But there are laws. Everything in this country has to be legal.
00:26:54So what we need to do is make some decisions.
00:26:57That's what Mr. Keener is here for.
00:26:58Many times these decisions are left up to the courts.
00:27:01But that can be very expensive, people fighting over their children.
00:27:04Nobody is fighting.
00:27:06Look at me, Frank. Nobody is fighting.
00:27:17Do you remember your grandma? Eve? She arrived this morning.
00:27:32Do you understand what we're saying to you, Frank?
00:27:37Your father and I are getting a divorce.
00:27:43Nothing's going to change. We're still gonna see each other.
00:27:46- Stop it, please. Don't interrupt. - You don't have to read all of this.
00:27:50Most of it is for your parents, boring adult business.
00:27:53But this paragraph right here, this is important
00:27:56because it states who you're gonna live with
00:28:00after the divorce.
00:28:01Whose custody you will be in.
00:28:03And there's a blank space right here.
00:28:07I want you to go into the kitchen, sit at the table
00:28:11and put a name down.
00:28:12You can take as long as you want,
00:28:14but when you come back into this room,
00:28:15I want to see a name on that line.
00:28:18Frank, just write down a name and this will all be over.
00:28:22It's going to be okay.
00:28:23Dad, what name?
00:28:25Your mother or your father.
00:28:27Just put the name there. It's as simple as that.
00:28:30And don't look so scared. It's not a test.
00:28:34There's no wrong answer.
00:28:50One ticket to Grand Central, please.
00:28:52That will be $3.50, sir.
00:28:56Is it okay if I write you a check?
00:29:03Carl, when do I get to call my father?
00:29:06You can call him when we get to New York.
00:29:09We leave for the airport in seven hours.
00:29:12Until then, just sit there.
00:29:15Be quiet.
00:29:17On the other side of the hotel, they got suites that face the park.
00:29:22It's the best room the F.B.I. can afford.
00:29:28It's okay, I've stayed in worse.
00:29:31Please. You have to listen.
00:29:33I don't want to hear your story. Two checks bounced.
00:29:36You know how much trouble I'm in?
00:29:38No, but listen. I'm telling you. The bank, they made the mistake.
00:29:41I'll write you another check right now!
00:29:42What? Do I look like I was born yesterday?
00:29:45Look, it's midnight. Where am I going to go?
00:29:48You're a goddamn kid. Go home.
00:30:38I hope you understand. My boss sent me to Brooklyn, then Queens.
00:30:42Now he wants me in Long Island
00:30:43to take a few clients out for a night on the town.
00:30:46I'm sorry, but we're not allowed to cash checks from other banks.
00:30:50- How would we know if they were good? - What did you say your name was?
00:30:53- Ashley. - Ashley.
00:30:55You know what I found on the sidewalk out there?
00:31:03Must have slipped right off your neck.
00:31:10Is there something I can help you with, son?
00:31:13It's my grandmother's birthday next week
00:31:16and I want to get her something extra special.
00:31:18Please, it's my midterm next week and my books were stolen.
00:31:24Please, just $5. No one would have to know.
00:31:27I'm sorry, but we are not allowed to take checks
00:31:30from people we don't know.
00:31:55Welcome to New York.
00:32:14Pleasure to have you back, Captain.
00:32:16What do you think, Angelo? The tomatoes are ripe this afternoon.
00:32:27What have we here?
00:32:28- Can I have your autograph? - You betcha.
00:32:30- Can I have your autograph, too? - You gonna be a pilot?
00:32:35There you go. Work hard in school.
00:32:36Dear Dad,
00:32:38I've decided to become an airline pilot.
00:32:40I've applied to all the big airlines,
00:32:42and I have several promising interviews lined up.
00:32:46How is Mom? Have you called her lately?
00:32:49Love, your son, Frank.
00:32:57I'm Frank Black from Murrow High School,
00:32:59and I have an appointment with Mr. Morgan.
00:33:02You're the young man who's writing the article for the school paper.
00:33:05Yes, ma'am. That's me.
00:33:06I want to know everything there is to know about being a pilot.
00:33:09What airports does Pan Am fly to? What does a pilot make in a year?
00:33:13Who tells them where they're gonna fly to?
00:33:14- Slow down. Take them one at a time. - All right.
00:33:17What does it mean when one pilot says to another pilot,
00:33:20"What kind of equipment are you on?"
00:33:21They want to know what aircraft you're flying. DC-8, 707, Constellation...
00:33:25And what about those I.D. badges that I've seen pilots wear?
00:33:28Every pilot must have two things with him at all times.
00:33:30One is his airline personnel badge, looks just like this one from Pan Am.
00:33:34The other one is their FAA license.
00:33:37And that looks just like this.
00:33:42Do you think I could make a copy of this to put into my article?
00:33:45Frank, you can have that one, it's three years expired.
00:33:48Thanks. And what about your I.D. badge?
00:33:50Do you have an extra one I could borrow?
00:33:51No, I can't help you there.
00:33:53Those are special-ordered from Polaroid.
00:33:55The only way to get one is to become a real live pilot
00:33:58for Pan American Airways.
00:34:04Pan Am, may I help you?
00:34:06Yeah. Hello, I'm calling about a uniform.
00:34:08- Hold for Purchasing. - Thank you.
00:34:12I'm a copilot based out of San Francisco.
00:34:15I flew a flight into New York last night,
00:34:17but the problem is I'm headed out to Paris in three hours.
00:34:20How can we help you?
00:34:22I sent my uniform to be cleaned through the hotel
00:34:26and I guess they must have lost it.
00:34:28They lost a uniform. Happens all the time.
00:34:30Go down to the Well-Built Uniform Company at 9th and Broadway.
00:34:33They're our uniform supplier.
00:34:34I'll tell Mr. Rosen you're coming.
00:34:36You look too young to be a pilot.
00:34:38I'm a copilot.
00:34:40Why so nervous?
00:34:42How would you feel if you lost your uniform first week on the job?
00:34:47Relax. Pan Am has got lots of uniforms.
00:34:50It's gonna be $164.
00:34:53Great. I'll write you a check.
00:34:55Sorry, no checks, no cash.
00:34:57You'll have to fill in your employee I.D. number.
00:35:00I'll bill Pan Am, and they'll take it out of your next paycheck.
00:35:05Even better.
00:35:09Dear Dad,
00:35:10you always told me that an honest man has nothing to fear.
00:35:13So I'm trying my best not to be afraid.
00:35:16I'm sorry I ran away, but you don't have to worry.
00:35:19I'm gonna get it all back now, Daddy. I promise. I'm gonna get it all back.
00:35:30Are you a real live pilot?
00:35:32I sure am, little lady. What's your name?
00:35:34- Celine. - Celine, it's a pleasure to meet you.
00:35:37It's a pleasure to meet you, too.
00:35:43That's 50, 70, 80, 90,
00:35:50You have yourself a great time in Paris.
00:35:52I always do.
00:35:54Excuse me.
00:35:57I'm John Modiger. I manage this branch.
00:35:59I want to thank you for coming in and using our institution.
00:36:01It's a pleasure to meet you, John. I'll be back again.
00:36:05Have you stayed with us before?
00:36:07No, I've been primarily based on the West Coast.
00:36:11Is it all right if I write you a check for the room?
00:36:13- No problem, sir. - Great.
00:36:25I was also wondering if I could write you a personal check?
00:36:28For airline personnel, we cash personal checks up to $100.
00:36:31Payroll checks we cash up to 300.
00:36:35Did you say 300 for a payroll check?
00:36:42Dear Dad,
00:36:44I've decided to become a pilot for Pan American Airways,
00:36:47the most trusted name in the skies.
00:36:50They've accepted me into their training program and told me if I work hard,
00:36:54I should earn my wings real soon.
00:36:56Please get in touch with Joanna Carlton from the 10th grade.
00:37:00Tell her I'm sorry that I could not take her to the junior prom.
00:37:03Love, your son, Frank.
00:37:44- Hello, how are you? - Fine, thank you.
00:37:46I have a payroll check I'd like to cash.
00:37:51Excuse me.
00:37:54I'm sure you hear this all the time,
00:37:56but you have the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen.
00:38:00Yeah, I do get that all the time.
00:38:03How would you like it?
00:38:20I'm sorry, sir. We won't have any cash until the banks open in an hour.
00:38:25But I'm sure they can cash your check at the airport.
00:38:29The airport?
00:38:31Who cashes checks at the airport?
00:38:33The airlines. They've always taken care of their own.
00:38:45- Hello. - Hi. Are you deadheading?
00:38:50Are you my deadhead to Miami?
00:38:56Yeah, I'm the deadhead. Here you go.
00:39:00You're a little late, but the jump seat is open.
00:39:05It's been a while since I've done this. Which one is the jump seat again?
00:39:11Have a nice flight.
00:39:13Are you my deadhead?
00:39:17Frank, Captain Oliver. John Larkin, the copilot.
00:39:20Fred Tulley, flight engineer.
00:39:22Frank Taylor, Pan Am. Thanks for giving me a lift, boys.
00:39:25Go ahead and take a seat, Frank. We're about to push.
00:39:28What kind of equipment you on, DC-8?
00:39:32You turning around on the redeye?
00:39:34I'm jumping puddles for the next few months,
00:39:36trying to earn my keep running leap frogs for the weak and weary.
00:39:40No shame in that. We all did it.
00:39:49- Have a seat. - Thank you.
00:39:53Would you like a drink after takeoff?
00:39:57- Eighty knots. - Check.
00:39:59V-one. Rotate.
00:40:04V-two. Positive rate.
00:40:06Gear up.
00:40:08Dear Dad, today was graduation.
00:40:11I am now a copilot, earning $1,400 a month, plus benefits.
00:40:16And the best part is, they tell me my family can fly for free.
00:40:20So tell Mom to pack her bags and buy a new swimsuit
00:40:23because I'm taking us all to Hawaii for Christmas.
00:40:26I love you, Dad. Aloha, Frank.
00:40:31- Hello, deadhead. - Hello.
00:40:32Enjoying your free ride?
00:40:43did you drop this?
00:40:48- Must have slipped right off your neck. - No.
00:40:56Yes, yes, yes!
00:41:06Why are you stopping?
00:41:10I want to tell you something, Marci.
00:41:14This is by far
00:41:17the best date I have ever been on.
00:41:52Welcome to Miami Mutual Bank. How may I help you?
00:41:55My name is Frank Taylor. I'm a copilot for Pan Am.
00:41:58I'd like to cash this check and then
00:42:02I'd like to take you out for a steak dinner.
00:42:15Then we feed the checks into the MICR machine,
00:42:17which uses special ink to encode
00:42:19the account numbers on the bottom of the checks.
00:42:22And where are these numbers?
00:42:26- They're right here. - Right there?
00:42:32They're called routing numbers.
00:42:34So where do the checks get routed to?
00:42:39I don't exactly know. Nobody ever asked me that before.
00:42:43Our next item up for bid is also from the Jersey Central Bank foreclosure.
00:42:47This is a MICR encoder, a machine used to encode bank checks.
00:42:50Do I have an opening bid?
00:42:52Our unknown subject is a paperhanger
00:42:53who started working on the East Coast.
00:42:55In the last few weeks, this unsub has developed
00:42:57a new form of check fraud I'm calling "The Float."
00:43:00What he's doing is he's opening checking accounts at various banks,
00:43:03then changing the MICR ink routing numbers at the bottom of those checks.
00:43:06Next slide, please. Next slide, please.
00:43:11The remote thing is broken. You'll have to do it by hand.
00:43:16Agent Mullen, it should be the square button by the side.
00:43:19This carousel doesn't work. It's a bad carousel.
00:43:22- Thank you. - Move it manually.
00:43:24This is a map of the 12 banks of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
00:43:30MICR scanners at every bank read these numbers
00:43:32at the bottom of the check. Slide.
00:43:34And then ship that check off to its corresponding branch.
00:43:38Carl, for those of us who are unfamiliar with bank fraud,
00:43:41you mind telling us what the hell you're talking about?
00:43:45The East Coast branches are numbered 01 to 06.
00:43:49The central branch is 07, 08, so on and so forth.
00:43:51You mean those numbers at the bottom of a check actually mean something?
00:43:54All of this was in the report I filed two days ago. If you change
00:43:58a 02 to a 12, that means that check,
00:44:03which was cashed in New York,
00:44:04does not go to the New York Federal Branch,
00:44:06but it is re-routed all the way to the San Francisco Federal Branch.
00:44:10The bank doesn't even know the check has bounced for two weeks.
00:44:13Which means our unsub can stay in one place,
00:44:15paper the same city over and over again while his checks circle the country.
00:44:19You want to talk to my wife.
00:44:22She's the one who balances the checkbook at our house.
00:44:30Next slide.
00:44:42My son, the birdman. That's some uniform, Frank.
00:44:45What do you think?
00:44:48Sit down.
00:44:53Dad, have you gotten the postcards?
00:44:56Of course.
00:44:57This fork is ice-cold.
00:44:59No, Dad, that's a chilled salad fork.
00:45:03It's a fancy restaurant, you know.
00:45:13- I got you something. - What's that?
00:45:16Open it.
00:45:23You know what those are, right?
00:45:26Those are the keys to a 1965 Cadillac DeVille convertible.
00:45:30Brand-new, Dad. Red with white interior,
00:45:34split seats, air conditioning, the works.
00:45:38Are you giving me a Cadillac?
00:45:40I'm giving you a Cadillac.
00:45:42Dad, she's parked downstairs.
00:45:44When we're done eating lunch, why don't you drive on over to Mom's house,
00:45:47pick her up, take a little joy ride?
00:45:50Do you know what would happen
00:45:51if the IRS found out I was driving around in a new coupe?
00:45:57I took the train here, Frank. I'm taking the train home.
00:46:03All right.
00:46:11I have plenty of money.
00:46:13You know, if you ever need anything.
00:46:16You worried? About me?
00:46:19No, I'm not worried.
00:46:21You think I can't buy my own car?
00:46:24Two mice fell in a bucket of cream, Frank.
00:46:28Which one am I?
00:46:30You're that second mouse.
00:46:34I went by the store today.
00:46:38I had to close the store for a while. It's all about timing, Frank.
00:46:41Goddamn government knows that. They hit you when you're down.
00:46:45I wasn't going to let them take it from me, so I just
00:46:48shut the doors myself, called their bluff.
00:46:55Sooner or later, they'll forget about me.
00:46:58I understand.
00:47:01Have you told Ma?
00:47:05She's so stubborn, your mother.
00:47:12Don't worry, I'm not going to let her go without a fight.
00:47:15I'm fighting for us...
00:47:23Since the day we met.
00:47:26Daddy, out of all those men,
00:47:29you were the one that took her home, remember that?
00:47:32Two hundred men
00:47:34sitting in that tiny social hall, watching her dance.
00:47:40- What was the name of that town? - Montrichard, Dad.
00:47:44I didn't speak a word of French,
00:47:46and six weeks later, she was my wife.
00:47:51She is your wife.
00:47:56My son bought me a Cadillac today. I think that calls for a toast.
00:48:10To the best damn pilot in the sky.
00:48:13It's not what you think. I'm just a copilot.
00:48:18You see these people staring at you?
00:48:24These are the most powerful people in New York City.
00:48:28They keep peeking over their shoulders, wondering where you're going tonight.
00:48:33Where you going, Frank?
00:48:35Dad, nobody's staring at me.
00:48:37Some place exotic?
00:48:41Just tell me where you're going.
00:48:46Los... Hollywood.
00:48:53Come here.
00:48:56The rest of us really are suckers.
00:49:06So I got on this red dress and these high heels, right?
00:49:09I got a bra out here.
00:49:10I'm chasing two Puerto Rican guys through the park.
00:49:13They got a suitcase filled with bank robbery loot.
00:49:16Okay, I'm screaming out, "F.B.I., freeze!"
00:49:18I'm reaching for my gun, but I can't find it in the bra.
00:49:21It's so damn big, I thought I was going to shoot my tits off.
00:49:27That's a funny story. People always laugh at that story.
00:49:31Let me ask you a question, Mr. Amdursky.
00:49:32If you had so much fun undercover, why did you transfer to bank fraud?
00:49:36I didn't transfer. I was censured and reassigned.
00:49:40It's like being punished. I was punished. I screwed up in the field.
00:49:43What about you, Mr. Fox, were you punished for screwing up in the field?
00:49:47No, I've never worked in the field before.
00:49:49I audited background investigations
00:49:50of Department of Justice clerical applicants.
00:49:53That's just great. I ask for a team and they drag the bottom of the Pacific.
00:49:58Mind if I ask you a question, Agent Hanratty?
00:50:01How come you're so serious all the time?
00:50:02Does it bother you, Mr. Amdursky?
00:50:05Yeah, it does bother me.
00:50:07Does it bother you, Mr. Fox?
00:50:09A little, I guess.
00:50:12Would you like to hear me tell a joke?
00:50:16Yeah, we'd love to hear a joke from you.
00:50:21Knock, knock.
00:50:22Who's there?
00:50:26Go fuck yourselves.
00:50:42He cashed three checks. They all cleared.
00:50:44I was going to deposit this one today.
00:50:48I don't want any trouble.
00:50:51No trouble.
00:50:53No trouble at all.
00:50:55We'll just take this check and be on our way. Thank you.
00:50:58Because I don't want my customers harassed.
00:51:03What are you saying? He's still here?
00:51:10Thank you.
00:51:12- Corner here. - Thanks, son.
00:51:16- Some steps. - Steps.
00:51:22Mr. Murphy, how are you?
00:51:24- Is that Frank? - Yeah, it's Frank.
00:51:25- Hey, Frank. How are you? - How's the knee?
00:51:28Come on, I'll race you right now.
00:51:30- Take care. - Okay, Frank.
00:51:33Eyeball the back? Come on, Carl.
00:51:34This guy's a pen-and-ink man, a goddamn paperhanger.
00:51:36Why can't we go with you, Carl?
00:51:38Keep your eyes open, do your job and I'll buy you both a Good Humor bar.
00:51:52It's all right, ma'am. F.B.I.
00:52:24Come out of the bathroom!
00:52:27Step out of the bathroom!
00:52:33- Hands on your head. - That's the new IBM Selectric...
00:52:36- Put your hands on your head! - ...print type in five seconds...
00:52:38Shut up!
00:52:39Put your hands on your head!
00:52:41He's got over 200 checks, a gallon of India ink, drafting...
00:52:45Even has little payroll envelopes addressed to himself...
00:52:48- Put it down! Drop it! - Relax!
00:52:51You're late, all right?
00:52:53My name's Barry Allen, United States Secret Service.
00:52:55Your boy just tried to jump out the window.
00:52:57- My partner has him in custody. - I don't know what you're talking about.
00:53:01You think the F.B.I. are the only ones on this guy? Come on.
00:53:04He's dabbling in government checks.
00:53:07We've been following a paper trail on this guy for months now.
00:53:10You mind taking that gun out of my face?
00:53:13Please. Really. It makes me nervous.
00:53:15Let me see some credentials.
00:53:17Yeah, sure.
00:53:21Take my whole wallet.
00:53:23You want my gun, too? Come over here, take my gun.
00:53:26Hey. Hey, look.
00:53:28Just do me a favor, take a look outside. Look out the window.
00:53:31My partner's walking him to the car as we speak. Look.
00:53:37Old guy almost pissed in his pants when I came through the door.
00:53:40He jumped right through the window onto the hood of my car.
00:53:45Call the LAPD. I don't want people walking through my crime scene.
00:53:51I didn't expect the Secret Service on this.
00:53:54Don't worry about it. What's your name?
00:53:58Hanratty, Carl Hanratty.
00:54:06Mind if I see some identification?
00:54:09You never can be too careful these days.
00:54:13Well, tough luck, Carl.
00:54:15Five minutes earlier, you would've landed yourself a pretty good collar.
00:54:18Is that right? Ten seconds later, you'd have been shot.
00:54:22Mind if I come downstairs with you? I got to take a look at this guy.
00:54:25Sure thing. Just do me a favor and sit tight for a sec
00:54:28while I get this evidence downstairs.
00:54:29I don't want some maid walking through here and making the bed.
00:54:33- LAPD should be here any sec. - Wait.
00:54:40Your wallet.
00:54:42You hang onto it for a minute. I trust you.
00:55:04Secret Service.
00:55:50God damn it!
00:55:53It was stupid. I made a stupid mistake.
00:55:57Forget about it.
00:55:58There are hundreds of unknown subjects out there.
00:56:01I can get this guy. The worst thing a paperhanger can do is show his face.
00:56:05I read the report.
00:56:07Six feet tall, brown hair, 27 to 30 years of age, 160 pounds.
00:56:11This could be almost anybody.
00:56:12I heard his voice. I saw his face.
00:56:14There's nothing for him to hide behind anymore.
00:56:18Just be careful.
00:56:19You got 12 years in.
00:56:21Nobody bothers you down on the first floor.
00:56:23You practically wrote the book on bank fraud.
00:56:25That's the kind of thing that can make you section chief someday.
00:56:28Just don't put yourself in this type of position.
00:56:32What type of position?
00:56:35The position of being humiliated.
00:56:45Sean, would you like to hear me tell a joke?
00:56:50Yeah. Sure.
00:56:52Knock, knock.
00:56:56My next question is, when a pilot retires,
00:57:02Pan Am sends them a check every single month?
00:57:04Yeah, pension program sends a check and benefits.
00:57:07How much is that check for?
00:57:09Kid, I'm really not in the mood for this right now.
00:57:11This Skywayman's driving me crazy.
00:57:13Who's the Skywayman?
00:57:14Some nut flying around the country, posing as a Pan Am pilot.
00:57:17There's a column about him in the paper today.
00:57:27I keep telling them it's not my problem. This guy doesn't even fly Pan Am.
00:57:31Flies everybody else. Flies United, TWA,
00:57:34Continental, Eastern.
00:57:36The Skywayman.
00:57:38Newspaper loves this clown.
00:57:41They call him the James Bond of the sky.
00:57:46Did you say...
00:57:47Bond, James Bond.
00:57:58Tell me, Joan, why does he do it?
00:58:01He likes to win.
00:58:03We'll be landing in 20 minutes.
00:58:05Do you want to play it easy, or the hard way?
00:58:08And this isn't a tranquilizer.
00:58:10Pussy, you know a lot more about planes than guns.
00:58:13Hello, Pussy.
00:58:16You're sure this is the suit, right?
00:58:19It's the exact suit he wore in the movie.
00:58:21Okay. I'll take three.
00:58:24Certainly, Mr. Fleming.
00:58:26Now all you need is one of those little foreign sports cars that he drives.
00:58:57- Hello. - Hi.
00:59:03Haven't I seen you before?
00:59:09A couple of years ago, I was on the cover of Seventeen.
00:59:15You're that model, right? Cheryl.
00:59:18Guys used to put your picture on their lockers.
00:59:23Isn't that your silver car I saw parked out front?
00:59:26Yeah. One of them.
00:59:32So, think I could get an autograph?
00:59:39Do you have a pen in your room?
01:00:20A man like you can buy anything he wants.
01:00:35He buys a deck of cards at the hotel gift shop.
01:00:41You want to see a card trick?
01:00:45How much did these cards cost?
01:00:49I don't know, 55 cents, I think.
01:00:54And if they sold me downstairs at the hotel gift shop,
01:01:00how much would you pay?
01:01:05I'm sorry, how much would I pay for what?
01:01:11The entire night.
01:01:15How much would you pay me for the entire night?
01:01:23Cheryl, I really don't know.
01:01:28Don't be scared.
01:01:34Make me an offer.
01:01:46Go fish.
01:01:54Go fish.
01:02:00Go fish!
01:02:17I'll be right back.
01:02:19Wait a second, where are you going?
01:02:21I'm going downstairs to cash a check.
01:02:25You think this hotel is going to cash a $1,000 check at 3:00 a.m.?
01:02:32It's a New York Savings and Loan check. It's like gold. They'll cash it.
01:02:36Don't you think they might get a little suspicious? Let me see that.
01:02:41It's a cashier's check. Endorse it over to me.
01:02:44I couldn't do that.
01:02:46This check is for 1,400. We agreed upon 1,000.
01:02:51Why don't I give you back 400
01:02:54and you give me that check?
01:02:58Even better.
01:03:31Does this belong to anybody?
01:03:50This is Hanratty. Merry Christmas.
01:03:52Hello, Carl.
01:03:57Barry Allen, Secret Service.
01:04:01I've been trying to track you down now for the last couple of hours.
01:04:05What do you want?
01:04:07I wanted to apologize for what happened out in Los Angeles.
01:04:10Uh-uh. Uh-uh.
01:04:12No, you don't apologize to me.
01:04:14Do you always work on Christmas Eve, Carl?
01:04:17I volunteered
01:04:19so the men with families could go home early.
01:04:22Looked like you were wearing a wedding ring out in Los Angeles.
01:04:24I thought maybe you had a family.
01:04:27No. No family.
01:04:30You want to talk to me? Let's talk face to face.
01:04:34All right.
01:04:35I'm at my suite at the Stuyvesant Arms, room 3113.
01:04:39In the morning, I leave for Las Vegas for the weekend.
01:04:45You think you're going to get me again?
01:04:48You're not going to Vegas, you're not in the Stuyvesant Arms.
01:04:52You'd love for me to send out 20 agents, Christmas Eve, barge into your hotel,
01:04:58knock down the door so you can make fools out of us all.
01:05:01I'm really sorry if I made a fool out of you. I really am.
01:05:04Uh-uh. No.
01:05:06No. You do not feel sorry for me.
01:05:09The truth is, I knew it was you. I didn't get the cuffs on you, but I knew.
01:05:14People only know what you tell them, Carl.
01:05:18Then tell me this, Barry Allen, Secret Service.
01:05:22How did you know I wouldn't look in your wallet?
01:05:25The same reason the Yankees always win.
01:05:28Nobody can keep their eyes off the pinstripes.
01:05:31The Yankees win because they have Mickey Mantle.
01:05:34No one ever bets on the uniform.
01:05:37You sure about that, Carl?
01:05:39I'll tell you what I am sure of.
01:05:42You're going to get caught.
01:05:44One way or another, it's a mathematical fact. It's like Vegas.
01:05:48The house always wins.
01:05:55Well, Carl, I'm sorry, but I have to go.
01:06:00You didn't call just to apologize, did you?
01:06:04What do you mean?
01:06:07You have no one else to call.
01:06:47More coffee, sir?
01:06:54- Are you a collector? - Of what?
01:06:57Captives of the Cosmic Ray,
01:06:59The Big Freeze, Land of the Golden Giants.
01:07:01- I've got them all. - What are you talking about?
01:07:04Barry Allen.
01:07:09The Flash.
01:07:12Wait, kid.
01:07:16You mean, like the comic book?
01:07:18Yeah, the comic book. When he's not The Flash, that's his name, Barry Allen.
01:07:22Thank you.
01:07:28Now get this, he reads comic books!
01:07:31Comic books! Barry Allen is The Flash!
01:07:33Carl, slow down. I don't know what the hell you're talking about.
01:07:36He's a kid. Our unsub is a kid.
01:07:38That's why we couldn't match his prints, that's why he doesn't have a record.
01:07:41I want you to contact NYPD for every
01:07:43all-points juvenile runaways in New York City.
01:07:46Don't forget the airports. He's been kiting checks all over the country.
01:07:49- Why New York? - The Yankees!
01:07:52He said something about the Yankees!
01:07:57Where are we on the list?
01:07:58Number 53, Abagnale.
01:08:04Good morning, ma'am, we're the F.B.I. agents who called.
01:08:07Yes, I've been waiting.
01:08:08I hope you're all hungry. I put out the Sara Lee.
01:08:15My husband, Jack, is a lawyer.
01:08:17What about your first husband, Mrs. Abagnale?
01:08:20Abagnale. But I prefer to be called Barnes.
01:08:25"Frank William Abagnale." It says he was in the service.
01:08:28Did you two meet during the war?
01:08:31Yeah, I lived in a very small village in France, Montrichard.
01:08:36The kind of place where they never heard of Sara Lee.
01:08:40Help yourselves.
01:08:41Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee.
01:08:43You filled out a missing person's report
01:08:45for a runaway juvenile by the name of Frank Abagnale, Jr.
01:08:49Is Frankie okay?
01:08:51You're aware of the fact that he wrote some checks
01:08:53on a closed account at Chase Manhattan Bank?
01:08:55Yes. The police think he's some type of criminal.
01:08:58What he did was a felony, Mrs. Barnes.
01:09:01It was $1,000.
01:09:04Half the kids his age are on dope, throwing rocks at police.
01:09:08And they scared me to death because my son made a little mistake.
01:09:14A 17-year-old boy has to eat,
01:09:17has to have a place to sleep.
01:09:19We understand, ma'am.
01:09:22Would you happen to have a picture of your son?
01:09:23Yes, I have his old yearbook.
01:09:38We need to send out an all-office teletype.
01:09:41Our unsub's name is Frank Abagnale, Jr., age 17!
01:09:45Is Frankie okay? Is he in trouble?
01:09:47Ma'am, I'm sorry to have to tell you, your son is forging checks.
01:09:50Forging checks? Wait! I'm sure we can take care of that.
01:09:53I'm working part-time at the church now.
01:09:55Just tell me how much he owes and I'll pay you back.
01:09:58So far, it's about $1 .3 million.
01:10:17Hi, Melanie, how are you?
01:10:19When you're in the house, please use an ashtray.
01:10:22Frank, this fondue is so good!
01:10:24- Great. Take this. - Good, I love Moët!
01:10:35James, please! Stay away from the hi-fi system, all right?
01:10:39It's a reel-to-reel, you can't wind it like that.
01:10:45Christ, Terry! This is Italian knit!
01:10:48- Watch where you're going! - It's just a shirt, man!
01:10:51Frank! Come quick!
01:10:54Lance just fell into the conversation pit!
01:11:02Excuse me, you know where Lance Applebaum is?
01:11:05Thank you.
01:11:07These bottles need to be labeled when you pick them up!
01:11:09Do you understand how dangerous this is? Do you?
01:11:12Don't stand there crying. Nod your head. Tell me you won't do it again.
01:11:15Now dry up and get back to work.
01:11:24You okay?
01:11:26He told me to pick up the blood, so I did.
01:11:28But he never told me to label it.
01:11:32It's okay, stop crying.
01:11:34What's your name?
01:11:41Brenda, I wouldn't worry about it.
01:11:43These doctors don't know everything.
01:11:46It's my first week.
01:11:48I think they're going to fire me.
01:11:50No, nobody's going to fire you, Brenda.
01:11:53I bet you're good at your job.
01:11:57No, I'm not.
01:11:59I bet if I asked you to check on the status
01:12:02of my friend Lance Applebaum,
01:12:04you could do that for me in a second.
01:12:14Mr. Applebaum fractured his ankle.
01:12:17Dr. Ashland is treating him in exam room seven.
01:12:21You see that? No problem.
01:12:26This is the emergency chart.
01:12:29See that blue star? That means the patient has been diagnosed.
01:12:33And then after he's been treated, we put a red circle here. See?
01:12:38How do you like those braces?
01:12:42I guess they're all right.
01:12:44I got mine off last year.
01:12:47Boy, I hated them. They were bottoms.
01:12:50I still got to wear my mouth guard.
01:12:53You have really nice teeth.
01:12:57Well, thank you.
01:12:59And you have a pretty smile.
01:13:05No, I mean it. I really think those braces look good on you.
01:13:09Thank you.
01:13:11You're welcome.
01:13:18Do you know if they're hiring here at the hospital?
01:13:23I'm not sure. What do you want to do?
01:13:27I'm a doctor.
01:13:33Dear Dad,
01:13:34I decided to get off the road for a while.
01:13:37I've taken a night job at a hospital and met some really nice people.
01:13:41Feels good to have my feet on the ground,
01:13:43to wake up in the same bed every night.
01:13:47Who knows, maybe I'll even find someone to settle down with.
01:13:53"Harvard Medical School." Top of your class.
01:13:57"Southern California Children's Hospital."
01:14:01That is a pretty impressive résumé, Dr. Conners.
01:14:07the only thing I need is.
01:14:14Someone to babysit six interns and 20 nurses.
01:14:22Hell, I doubt that you'd be interested in that.
01:14:28In the past, they've always let me choose my own nurses.
01:14:32Dr. Connelly.
01:14:35- Dr. Harris. - Present.
01:14:38Dr. Ashland.
01:14:39Dr. Conners?
01:14:41You gonna take roll every night?
01:14:43Yes, I will, Dr. Ashland.
01:14:45And if you're going to be late, I suggest you bring a note.
01:14:52Miss Basmann.
01:14:54Miss Mace.
01:14:56Miss Strong.
01:14:59Nurse Brown.
01:15:02Nurse Sanford.
01:15:04Thirty milligrams of codeine every four hours.
01:15:06Run the plasma at 60 drops a minute till we calculate the fluid requirements.
01:15:10What do you estimate the degree and extent of the burns, Kildare?
01:15:14Second and third-degree burns over about 20% of the body surface.
01:15:17- Do you concur? - I concur. Let's get him up to Pediatrics.
01:15:27Hello, Brenda.
01:15:28Hi, Dr. Conners.
01:15:30- You need to sign these. - Thank you.
01:15:40Do you notice anything different about me?
01:15:42You got your braces off! Come here.
01:15:44I've been trying to show you all night!
01:15:50Good job.
01:15:51Did it hurt when they took them off? Mine felt so weird after.
01:15:54I keep rubbing my tongue over them. I can't stop!
01:15:57They're so slippery.
01:15:59- It feels good, doesn't it? - Yeah, it feels incredible.
01:16:12Oh, my!
01:16:15I'm sorry.
01:16:28Dr. Conners to the E.R. Dr. Conners to the E.R.
01:16:31Shouldn't you go?
01:16:33No. They have a staff doctor in the emergency ward, we'll be fine.
01:16:44What if he's in surgery?
01:16:47Do you really think I have to go?
01:16:50In here, Dr. Conners.
01:17:08Gentlemen, what seems to be the problem?
01:17:13Bicycle accident. A fractured tibia about five inches below the patella.
01:17:22Dr. Harris.
01:17:24Do you concur?
01:17:27Concur with what, sir?
01:17:29With what Dr. Ashland just said. Do you concur?
01:17:34Well, it was a bicycle accident. The boy told us.
01:17:38So you concur?
01:17:41We should take an X-ray, stitch him up and put him in a walking cast.
01:17:49Very good, Dr. Ashland. Very good.
01:17:51Well, you don't seem to have much need for me.
01:17:54Carry on.
01:17:58I blew it, didn't I?
01:18:01Why didn't I concur?
01:18:24Make yourself at home!
01:18:27Frank Abagnale, Sr.
01:18:29You're not a cop.
01:18:32Special Agent Hanratty, F.B.I.
01:18:35You're not a cop. My landlord said you were not a cop.
01:18:38If you're going to arrest me, I'd like to put on a different suit.
01:18:42- If that's okay... - I'm not here to arrest you.
01:18:45I'm looking for your son. He's in trouble.
01:18:47Do you know where he is?
01:18:51If I tell you where he is, will you promise not to tell his mother?
01:18:57Frank made up a fake I.D. and enlisted in the Marine Corps.
01:19:01He's over in Vietnam right now.
01:19:03That kid is halfway around the world,
01:19:05crawling through the damn jungle, fighting the communists, so...
01:19:11Please, don't come to my home and call my boy a criminal...
01:19:15I never said he was a criminal, Mr. Abagnale. I said he was in trouble.
01:19:20If you'd like to give me a call and talk, here's my number.
01:19:36You're not a father, are you?
01:19:40Pardon me?
01:19:41If you were a father, you'd know.
01:19:44I would never give up my son. I would never give up my son.
01:19:51Yes, sir. I understand.
01:19:54Sean, now get this.
01:19:57"Riverbend Apartments, 415 Landover, Atlanta, Georgia."
01:20:02Atlanta, Georgia.
01:20:03I'm on my way to the airport. I'll meet the team in four hours. Bye-bye!
01:20:10Come on, it's okay.
01:20:14You don't have to cry.
01:20:16I'm sorry! I'm so sorry, Frank! I can't do this.
01:20:20Brenda, listen to me.
01:20:23I don't care if you're a virgin, all right?
01:20:25Really, I can wait.
01:20:27I'm not a virgin.
01:20:34I had an abortion two years ago.
01:20:40My parents had a friend do it.
01:20:43A man that my father plays golf with.
01:20:47And when I got better, they kicked me out of the house.
01:20:51I had an abortion and I wasn't their daughter anymore!
01:20:56I'm so sorry. Please don't be mad at me.
01:21:00No, no.
01:21:02- Please don't be mad at me. - Shh.
01:21:06What if I spoke to your parents?
01:21:09Maybe I can straighten things out.
01:21:11I ask them all the time, but they said I still can't come home.
01:21:15And my daddy's a lawyer.
01:21:31What if you were engaged to a doctor?
01:21:34Would that change anything?
01:21:41What if I went to your parents,
01:21:45and I spoke to your father
01:21:51and I asked permission to marry you?
01:22:07- It's empty. - Nobody here.
01:22:33Dr. Conners, are you Lutheran?
01:22:37Yes, I am a Lutheran.
01:22:39But please, call me Frank.
01:22:43Frank, would you like to say grace?
01:22:51Unless you're not comfortable.
01:23:05Two little mice fell into a bucket of cream.
01:23:10The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned,
01:23:12but the second mouse struggled so hard
01:23:14that he eventually churned that cream into butter,
01:23:18and he walked out.
01:23:25That was beautiful.
01:23:27The mouse churned that cream into butter.
01:23:32That's right.
01:23:35Thank you.
01:23:36Frank, have you decided which hospital you want to work at in New Orleans?
01:23:41To be quite honest, I'm thinking about getting back into law.
01:23:46Oh, my! Are you a doctor or a lawyer?
01:23:49Before I went to medical school, I passed the bar in California.
01:23:53I practiced law for one year, then I decided,
01:23:56why not try my hand at pediatrics?
01:24:00You're just full of surprises.
01:24:05A doctor and a lawyer. Brenda hit the jackpot.
01:24:09Where did you go to law school?
01:24:15Oh, my gosh. Isn't that where you went, Daddy?
01:24:17Maybe Frank could come work for you, Roger.
01:24:19You're always saying how hard it is to find assistant prosecutors.
01:24:22Could he, Daddy? Could he, please? Could he come work with you, please?
01:24:25Was that snake Hollingsworth
01:24:27still teaching there when you went through Berkeley?
01:24:33Yes. Grumpy old Hollingsworth, right?
01:24:35Meaner than ever.
01:24:37And that dog of his?
01:24:42Tell me, Frank, what was the name of his little dog?
01:24:55I'm sorry.
01:24:58The dog was dead.
01:25:03How unfortunate.
01:25:38A doctor, a lawyer, a Lutheran.
01:25:43So, what are you, Frank?
01:25:46'Cause I think you're about to ask for my daughter's hand in marriage,
01:25:50and I have a right to know.
01:25:52Know what, sir?
01:25:54The truth.
01:25:57Tell me the truth, Frank.
01:26:01What are you doing here?
01:26:05What is a man like you doing with Brenda?
01:26:09If you want my blessing, if you want my daughter,
01:26:13I'd like to hear it from you now.
01:26:18The truth is, sir...
01:26:24The truth is that...
01:26:28I'm not a doctor, I'm not a lawyer.
01:26:33I'm not an airline pilot.
01:26:37I'm nothing, really.
01:26:46I'm just a kid who's in love with your daughter.
01:27:03You know what you are?
01:27:05You're a romantic.
01:27:07Men like us are nothing without the women we love.
01:27:10I must confess, I'm guilty of the same foolish whimsy.
01:27:13I proposed to Carol after five dates
01:27:16with two nickels in my pockets and holes in my shoes
01:27:19because I knew she was the one.
01:27:21So go ahead, Frank.
01:27:27Don't be afraid.
01:27:29Ask the question you came here to ask me.
01:27:37What would I have to do to take the bar here in New Orleans?
01:27:46No, the other question.
01:27:53Right through that door.
01:27:57Good luck, Mr. Conners.
01:27:59Thank you.
01:28:09Hey, Frank.
01:28:11You know what I could never figure out?
01:28:13How did you cheat on the bar exam in Louisiana?
01:28:16What's the difference?
01:28:18- Someone took the test for you? - I'm going to prison for a long time.
01:28:22Seriously, what's the difference?
01:28:25It's a simple question.
01:28:28Are you going to eat that éclair?
01:28:32Yeah. I'm saving it for later.
01:28:36Or you want to split it with me?
01:28:43Give me half that éclair and I'll tell you.
01:28:56I'm gonna figure it out sooner or later.
01:29:05You'll be working under Phillip Rigby in corporate law.
01:29:09Why don't you settle in, organize your desk?
01:29:15We're having lunch at 12:30
01:29:17with the Attorney General and Governor McKeithen himself.
01:29:22A governor!
01:29:23Did we spell it right?
01:29:25You sure did.
01:29:28- Thank you, sir. - Welcome aboard.
01:29:38Look at this photograph, Mr. Stewart.
01:29:41It's a photograph of Prentice York, where they found him, dead.
01:29:45Here is an enlargement of part of that photograph.
01:29:49This is a photograph of the defendant's signature on a canceled check.
01:29:52Here is an enlargement of that same signature, which matches
01:29:56the signature on the letters that he wrote to Mrs. Simon,
01:29:59which discuss the possibility of defrauding the great state of Louisiana.
01:30:04Your Honor, ladies and gentlemen of the jury,
01:30:07this is irrefutable evidence that the defendant is, in fact, lying.
01:30:17Mr. Conners, this is a preliminary hearing.
01:30:22There is no defendant.
01:30:26There is no jury.
01:30:31It's just me.
01:30:35what in the hell is wrong with you?
01:30:39Is that Mitch? Roger!
01:30:42It's Mitch!
01:30:44I lost all track of time.
01:30:46As studio guests for the sing-along tonight,
01:30:48we have the children's choir
01:30:49of Saint Monica's Church in New York City.
01:30:52Won't you join them and the gang in a few songs for the lrish? Everybody!
01:32:32What are you doing here?
01:32:36I came to see you.
01:32:42What are you doing dressed like this?
01:32:44I took a government job.
01:32:46You see what I'm doing? Do you have a good lawyer?
01:32:50I sort of am a lawyer now.
01:32:52Look at this letter. The IRS wants more.
01:32:55I had a deal with them. Two penalties.
01:32:58They ate the cake, now they want the crumbs.
01:33:01I want to sue them.
01:33:04Now they want the crumbs.
01:33:08Sit down.
01:33:09They're trying to scare me, intimidate me. You know what?
01:33:14You know what?
01:33:16I'll make them chase me
01:33:18for the rest of their lives!
01:33:28It's great to see you, Daddy.
01:33:32Sit down, I want to show you something.
01:33:36I came here to give you this.
01:33:39It's an invitation to an engagement party.
01:33:44Daddy, I'm getting married.
01:33:47Can you believe that I'm getting married?
01:33:50You don't need to worry about anything now, Dad. Listen.
01:33:53I'm getting a brand-new Cadillac, I'm getting a $60,000 house,
01:33:57I'm getting it all back.
01:33:59All the jewelry, the furs, everything they took from us, I'll get it back.
01:34:07Has Ma seen you dressed like this?
01:34:10Yeah, she came to pick up some boxes.
01:34:13That's okay. You know why?
01:34:15Because she's going to the wedding with us.
01:34:17I'm gonna get you a brand-new suit, Dad.
01:34:20One of those Manhattan Eagle, three-button black pearl suits.
01:34:23You'll look great.
01:34:24Those are nice. She won't see me.
01:34:29Have you tried to call her?
01:34:33Why don't you call her right now?
01:34:38Dad, just call her.
01:34:40Call her for me.
01:34:41Tell her I have two first-class tickets to go see her son's wedding...
01:34:45You mother's married now to my friend, Jack Barnes.
01:34:47They have a house in Long Island.
01:34:51I had an F.B.I. agent come see me.
01:34:55You got their number, son. The guy looked scared.
01:34:59The United States Government, champ, running for the hills.
01:35:04Pow! To the moon!
01:35:19It's over.
01:35:21I'm going to stop now.
01:35:26They're never gonna catch you, Frank.
01:35:28She wouldn't do that! Why would she do that to you?
01:35:31Come on. Sit with me. Have a drink. I'm your father.
01:35:36Then ask me to stop. Then ask me to stop.
01:35:43You can't stop.
01:35:47Where are you going?
01:35:50Come on, Frank, where are you going?
01:35:52Where are you going? Where are you going tonight?
01:35:55Someplace exotic?
01:35:56Where are you going tonight? Tahiti? Hawaii?
01:36:16This is Hanratty.
01:36:19Hello, Carl.
01:36:21Merry Christmas.
01:36:23How are you, Dr. Conners?
01:36:26Carl, I haven't been Dr. Conners for months now.
01:36:34I'm sitting here in my office on Christmas Eve.
01:36:38What do you want?
01:36:50I want it to be over.
01:36:57I want it to be over. I'm getting married.
01:37:00I'm settling down.
01:37:02You've stolen almost $4 million.
01:37:04You think we could call it a wedding present?
01:37:07This isn't something you get to walk away from, Frank.
01:37:09- I want to call a truce. - No truce.
01:37:12You will be caught, you will go to prison. Where did you think this was going?
01:37:16Please leave me alone, Carl.
01:37:21I'm getting close, aren't I?
01:37:23You're scared because I'm getting close. I know
01:37:26you rented a car in Shreveport, stayed in a hotel on Lake Charles.
01:37:31You want to run, be my guest.
01:37:33Your checks don't lie as well as you do.
01:37:35Stop chasing me.
01:37:40I can't stop.
01:37:43It's my job.
01:37:46It's okay, Carl.
01:37:50I just thought I'd ask.
01:37:56Merry Christmas.
01:38:01I love my job.
01:38:04All right.
01:38:06Let's get every newspaper in Louisiana for the last two months.
01:38:09What're we looking for?
01:38:11Engagement announcements. Name of Conners.
01:38:14Come on, the kid would have changed his name by now.
01:38:17Uh-uh. He can't change it.
01:38:20She thinks he's Conners.
01:38:22If he loses the name, he loses the girl.
01:38:35- Congratulations! - Having a good time?
01:38:42Keep dancing.
01:38:46Look who's here.
01:38:49I'm going to the little boys' room.
01:38:52Hurry back.
01:39:09Good evening. I'm Agent Hanratty with the F.B.I.
01:39:12We'd like to have a few kind words with your host, if possible.
01:39:14I'll get him.
01:39:18Right over there, sir.
01:39:22Good evening, gentlemen. I'm Roger Strong.
01:39:24Carl Hanratty, F.B.I. These are Agents Amdursky and Fox.
01:39:29- Sorry to crash your party, sir. - Not at all. What can I do for you?
01:39:32If it's not too much trouble, I'd like to meet the groom.
01:39:36Is there a problem?
01:39:40Frank! Can you hold all these?
01:39:43They're checks. They're from my dad's friends.
01:39:45They're for us so we can start our new life...
01:39:47What are you doing? What's wrong?
01:39:50We have to leave.
01:39:55You love me, right?
01:39:56I mean, you'd love me no matter what.
01:39:59You'd love me whether I was sick or poor, or if I had a different name.
01:40:03Frank, where did you get all that money?
01:40:04Brenda, listen. A name doesn't matter.
01:40:08My name is Frank Conners.
01:40:09That's who I am with you. But we all have secrets.
01:40:12Sometimes when I travel, I use the name Frank Taylor.
01:40:14That's my secret.
01:40:16Frank Taylor, you know. Frank Black. It doesn't matter.
01:40:20Why are you saying all this?
01:40:24Brenda, I don't want to lie to you anymore.
01:40:26I'm not a doctor, I never went to medical school.
01:40:29I'm not a lawyer, or a Harvard graduate or a Lutheran.
01:40:32I ran away from home a year and a half ago when I was 16.
01:40:41You're not a Lutheran?
01:40:44You see all this money? I have more.
01:40:48I have plenty more.
01:40:50I have enough money to last us for the rest of our lives. Look.
01:40:55Frank, stop teasing me!
01:40:57You're Frank Conners and you're 28 years old...
01:41:03Why would you lie to me?
01:41:06I want to know your name. Tell me your name.
01:41:09We can live anywhere we want. But you have to trust me.
01:41:12Do you trust me? Do you love me, Brenda?
01:41:15Yes. I love you.
01:41:18Excuse me, Mother.
01:41:20This is Mr. Hanratty. My wife, Carol.
01:41:23- Mister... - Hanratty, ma'am.
01:41:25Have you seen Frank or Brenda?
01:41:27I think they went upstairs.
01:41:38Come here.
01:41:40In two days, meet me at Miami International Airport.
01:41:44Leave the house after your parents go to sleep. Take a taxicab.
01:41:48Give the taxi driver this money. Tell him to drive all through the night.
01:41:51You're gonna leave at 10:00 a.m.
01:41:5310:00 a.m. All right?
01:42:15- Which room, sir? - In the corner.
01:42:17You have to listen. The International Terminal in Miami. Say it.
01:42:22No matter what, take a taxicab, be there at 10:00 a.m.
01:42:26I'll be there at 10:00 a.m. no matter what.
01:42:28In two days. Two days, Brenda. Two days.
01:42:30In two days I'll be there, no matter what, at 10:00 a.m.
01:42:40We're not gonna tell anyone, Brenda. You have to promise me now.
01:42:43Please! Before you go, please tell me your name. Tell me.
01:42:50Frank William Abagnale, Jr.
01:45:20- This guy is a no-show. - Maybe he was tipped.
01:45:23He's not here today, it'll be tomorrow.
01:45:24We'll get him before he leaves the country.
01:45:26He doesn't have a passport.
01:45:28For the last six months, he's gone to Harvard and Berkeley.
01:45:30I'm betting he can get a passport.
01:45:32Our men are waiting for him here in Miami International.
01:45:35He's used it before, he knows the layout.
01:45:36The Miami police offered us 50 uniformed cops in two shifts of 25.
01:45:40With our guys, that's almost 100 men in one airport.
01:45:42Don't you think we should spread it around?
01:45:44No, this is the exit point.
01:45:45How do you know he hasn't rented a car
01:45:47and driven to airports in New York, Atlanta?
01:45:50Because I'm not in New York. I'm not in Atlanta.
01:45:53Yes. This is Frank Roberts.
01:45:55I'm letting all the universities in the area know
01:45:58that Pan Am will be initiating a new recruiting program this year.
01:46:02I'll be stopping by your campus tomorrow morning.
01:46:05Thank you all very much for coming.
01:46:08At the end of the day, I'll be choosing eight young ladies
01:46:12to be a part of.
01:46:14Pan Am's future stewardess flight crew program.
01:46:18These eight young ladies will accompany me on
01:46:20a two-month public relations tour through Europe
01:46:24where they will discover firsthand what it takes
01:46:27to be a Pan American stewardess.
01:46:32Give me at least two men, no, one man per every two counters.
01:46:41Make sure your uniforms are covering the sidewalks, entrances and exits.
01:46:47Let's have periodic sweeps of the men's lav.
01:46:52What qualifies me to be a future stewardess?
01:46:55Well, I think that I'm really friendly and I can really help out
01:47:00and make people feel welcome on the plane and...
01:47:03We'll be traveling at 6,000 miles per hour,
01:47:05at an altitude of 300 feet.
01:47:07All my bags are packed
01:47:10I'm ready to go
01:47:14llene Anderson.
01:47:24Miggy Acker.
01:47:30Debra Jo McMillan.
01:47:39Candy Heston.
01:48:40- Did you see that blonde out front? - I should have been a pilot.
01:48:44Mr. Hanratty, pick up the courtesy telephone.
01:48:48Your walkie-talkie wasn't working.
01:48:50There's a guy in a Pan Am uniform
01:48:52sitting in a white Coupe DeVille in front of Terminal J.
01:48:54That's the charter terminal. Did you get a look at his face?
01:48:58He's got his pilot's cap on. Carl, I think it's him.
01:49:13Out of the car, Frank.
01:49:17Step out of the car.
01:49:19Keep your hands where I can see them.
01:49:21Don't shoot me. I'm just a driver.
01:49:23A man paid me $100 to wear this uniform
01:49:25- to pick someone up at the airport. - Who're you picking up?
01:49:54South America, Australia, Singapore, Egypt.
01:49:57The kid's gone completely out of control.
01:49:59- Why wasn't I called? - Nobody was called, sir.
01:50:02The banks didn't know what was happening until last week.
01:50:03That's impossible.
01:50:05They didn't call because it's not counterfeiting. It's something else.
01:50:07- What is he doing? - He's making real checks, sir.
01:50:10These are so perfect, the airline didn't know the difference.
01:50:12Last check was cashed in Madrid a week ago.
01:50:13My guess is he's still there. We've to leave now, sir. Today.
01:50:16For where? Spain? You want to go to Spain?
01:50:19Eventually, he's gotta go back to where the checks were printed.
01:50:21I think that's why he's moving back through Europe.
01:50:23Look at the map, sir. He's making a circle.
01:50:24He's running out of checks.
01:50:26It's a long shot, but if we could track him from Madrid, we could still catch him.
01:50:31I'm sorry, Carl. If you couldn't catch him here, you're not gonna catch him there.
01:50:34We're going to let him get away.
01:50:37No, Carl, you let him get away.
01:51:21A perfect one-sixteenth
01:51:24all the way around.
01:51:28Color separation is flawless.
01:51:33There's no bleeding.
01:51:35Nobody does work like this in the States.
01:51:38Nobody but us.
01:51:39Where was it printed?
01:51:41- It was printed on a monster. - A monster.
01:51:44- A Heidelberg, an Istra. - Heidelberg.
01:51:46A dinosaur, four colors, you can smell the weight.
01:51:50Two tons, without the ink.
01:51:53Where do they do printing like this?
01:51:55Germany, Great Britain.
01:52:01France. Frank's mother said the name of a village in France,
01:52:03where they didn't have Sara Lee.
01:52:04The village where she met Frank's father.
01:52:06I don't remember.
01:52:07It started with an "M." It was "Mont" something. Mr. Fox?
01:52:11Yes. Question, "You met your husband during the war?"
01:52:14Answer, "I lived in a very small village in France",
01:52:16"the kind of place where they never heard of Sara Lee."
01:52:18Tell me you wrote down the name of the village, Mr. Fox.
01:53:24Merry Christmas!
01:53:26How is it that we're always talking on Christmas?
01:53:29Every Christmas, I'm talking to you!
01:53:31Put your shirt on, Frank. You're under arrest.
01:53:34Are you hungry? Do you want some beans?
01:53:36Carl, they got the best French beans here.
01:53:38There's two dozen French police officers outside.
01:53:42They wanted to bring you in,
01:53:44but they needed the help of an American.
01:53:46But I told them I wouldn't bring them to you,
01:53:48unless I could put the cuffs on you myself.
01:53:50You have a gun? Do you have a gun? No gun?
01:53:52- No. - No gun.
01:53:55And you're telling me what?
01:53:59There's two dozen French police officers
01:54:01out there right now on Christmas Eve?
01:54:02- That's what you're telling me? - Yeah.
01:54:05All right. There's no windows here.
01:54:08I'm going to take a look out the front door.
01:54:11I told them I'd walk out first and give a signal. Put these on yourself.
01:54:15No, I can't do that! You know why?
01:54:19Because I think you're full of shit.
01:54:20I don't think there's anyone else out there.
01:54:23I think it's just me and you. That's right.
01:54:26It's just me and you, and you know what?
01:54:28You're gonna have to catch me yourself.
01:54:31- We don't have time for this. - That's good.
01:54:34Tell me what you want me to see.
01:54:37- I wouldn't lie to you. - You're wearing a wedding ring.
01:54:41You lied to me about that! Did you lie about that?
01:54:44You asked me if I had a family. I did. But I don't anymore.
01:54:56Yes. No, there is no problem. We're coming out right now.
01:55:03That was good.
01:55:05Did you pay some hotel desk clerk to make that call for you?
01:55:07Is that what you did?
01:55:08It was Captain Luc. I've got one minute to bring you out.
01:55:11Captain Luc? Oh, Captain Luc! Well,
01:55:14that sounds pretty official to me, but, like I said,
01:55:18I think it's just me and you here. So you'll have to catch me.
01:55:22Frank, you have to trust me on this.
01:55:24These people have been embarrassed. They're angry.
01:55:28You rob their banks, you steal their money, you live in their country.
01:55:30I told you this was what was going to happen.
01:55:33That there was no other way for it to end.
01:55:36Don't make a mistake.
01:55:38That's good, Carl, you know?
01:55:41Keep pushing that lie. Keep pushing it.
01:55:43- Keep pushing till you make it true. - They'll kill you.
01:55:47You walk out that door, they're gonna kill you.
01:55:55Is that the truth?
01:56:08Do you have any children, Carl?
01:56:10I have a 4-year-old daughter.
01:56:14Do you swear on your daughter?
01:56:18You swear?
01:56:58That was really good, Carl.
01:57:08I have him in custody.
01:57:11I got him! It's all right.
01:57:15It's all right. I got him.
01:57:21I want it on the record.
01:57:23Frank Abagnale surrendered of his own accord. Understood?
01:57:28Where are you taking him? I'm supposed to go.
01:57:33Let me in the car!
01:57:41Don't worry. I'll have you extradited back to the United States.
01:58:11You have to remember to let me call my father when we land.
01:58:15I want to talk to him before he sees me on television or something like that.
01:58:30Carl, look.
01:58:32That's LaGuardia right there.
01:58:34Runway 44.
01:58:35Frank, your father is dead.
01:58:38I'm sorry.
01:58:41I didn't want to say anything until we got closer to home.
01:58:45He fell down some steps
01:58:47at Grand Central Station trying to catch a train.
01:58:50I didn't want to be the one to tell you.
01:58:53You're lying, right?
01:58:57You said I could talk to him.
01:58:59Who are you to say something like that?
01:59:03- You said I could talk to him. - He fell
01:59:05and he broke his neck. I'm sorry.
01:59:09I'm really sorry.
01:59:22God damn it!
01:59:25I'm going to be sick.
01:59:28It's all right. It's okay.
01:59:30- I'm going to be sick! - Sure. Let's go to the bathroom.
01:59:40God damn it!
02:00:05You'll have to take your seat, sir.
02:00:06I've told you twice. We're landing. All of you.
02:00:09Frank! Come on now.
02:00:11We're landing in six minutes. You need to be in your seats...
02:00:14- Open the door! - ...with seat belts fastened.
02:00:20You do it.
02:00:58All right, remain seated everyone, please.
02:01:10Please remain seated.
02:01:15God Almighty.
02:02:06What's your name?
02:02:12Where's your mommy?
02:02:38Sarge, we're good.
02:02:50Hold up!
02:02:55Put your hands behind your head!
02:02:59Get me in the car, please.
02:03:04Put him in.
02:03:22Taking into account the gravity of these crimes,
02:03:25your history of bold and elusive behavior
02:03:29and your complete lack of respect for the laws of the United States,
02:03:33I have no choice but to ignore your request to be treated as a minor,
02:03:38and sentence you to 12 years in Atlanta's maximum security prison
02:03:44and recommend strongly that you be kept in isolation
02:03:47for the entirety of that sentence.
02:04:32Merry Christmas, Frank.
02:04:37I got you some comic books.
02:04:46How's your daughter? What was her name?
02:04:52I don't know. She lives with her mother in Chicago, I don't get to see her much.
02:04:57What's in the briefcase?
02:05:00I'm on my way to the airport.
02:05:02It's a paperhanger working his way through Minnesota.
02:05:07Jesus. He's driving us crazy.
02:05:09You got any of the checks?
02:05:11Yeah, I got a counterfeit he drew
02:05:14in Great Lakes Savings and Loan.
02:05:16He's using a stencil machine and an Underwood.
02:05:20It's a teller at the bank.
02:05:22Say again?
02:05:23It's definitely a teller, Carl.
02:05:25Banks always use hand stamps for the dates.
02:05:28They get used over and over again, so they always get worn out.
02:05:31And the numbers are always cracking. The sixes and the nines,
02:05:35see, they go first.
02:05:46I'd like you to take a look at something for me.
02:05:53Tell me what you think.
02:05:59That's a fake.
02:06:01How do you know, you haven't looked at it?
02:06:02There's no perforated edge, right?
02:06:04I mean, this check was hand-cut, not fed.
02:06:10Paper is double-bonded, much too heavy to be a bank check.
02:06:15Magnetic ink, it's raised against my fingers instead of flat.
02:06:21And this doesn't smell like MICR, it's some kind of a drafting ink.
02:06:25The kind you get at a stationery store.
02:06:35would you be interested in working with the F.B.I.'s Financial Crimes Unit?
02:06:40I already got a job here, you know. I deliver the mail.
02:06:46Frank, we have the power to take you out of prison.
02:06:50You'll be placed in the custody of the F.B.I. where you'd serve out
02:06:53the remainder of your sentence
02:06:54as an employee of the Federal Government.
02:06:59Under whose custody?
02:07:11I'm Frank Abagnale. I'm supposed to start work here today.
02:07:14It's a tour company operating out of the BVI.
02:07:18Sir, Mr. Abagnale is here.
02:07:20I'm gonna call you back.
02:07:52- Hello, Carl. - Welcome to the F.B.I.
02:07:55I'll show you where you're working.
02:08:06How long do I have to work here?
02:08:09It's 8:15 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon,
02:08:1245 minutes for lunch.
02:08:15No. I mean, how long?
02:08:19Every day.
02:08:21Every day, Frank, till we let you go.
02:09:17Hey, Carl.
02:09:21How are you doing?
02:09:22It's not a good time, Frank. I'm clearing my desk for the weekend.
02:09:29You mind if I come to work with you tomorrow?
02:09:32Tomorrow is Saturday.
02:09:34I'm flying to Chicago to see my daughter.
02:09:36I'll be back to work on Monday.
02:09:37- You're going to see Grace? - Yeah, that's the plan.
02:09:44What should I do till Monday?
02:09:46I'm sorry, kid, I can't help you there. Excuse me.
02:09:56This is Hanratty.
02:09:58Yeah, put him on.
02:10:08Mr. Sawyer.
02:10:10How are you?
02:10:12I have half a dozen more checks on that tour operator at the BVI.
02:10:56How did you do it, Frank?
02:11:00How did you pass the bar in Louisiana?
02:11:03What are you doing here?
02:11:08I'm sorry I put you through all this.
02:11:10You go back to Europe, you'll die in Perpignan Prison.
02:11:13You try to run here in the States,
02:11:14we'll send you back to Atlanta for 50 years.
02:11:17I know that.
02:11:20I spent four years trying to arrange your release.
02:11:23I had to convince my bosses at the F.B.I.
02:11:25and the Attorney General of the United States you wouldn't run.
02:11:28Why did you do it?
02:11:31- You're just a kid. - I'm not your kid.
02:11:34You said you were going to Chicago.
02:11:36My daughter can't see me this weekend. She's going skiing.
02:11:41You said she was four years old. You're lying.
02:11:43She was four when I left. Now she's 15.
02:11:46My wife has been remarried for 11 years.
02:11:49I see Grace every now and again.
02:11:52- I don't understand. - Sure you do.
02:11:56Sometimes it's easier living the lie.
02:12:02I'm gonna let you fly tonight, Frank.
02:12:05I won't even try to stop you, because I know you'll be back on Monday.
02:12:11How do you know I'll come back?
02:12:19Nobody is chasing you.
02:12:42Alice, has he still not called?
02:12:44No, he hasn't.
02:12:57Good morning.
02:12:59I've called this meeting to discuss
02:13:01a new type of check fraud and counterfeiting.
02:13:03The unsub is washing and altering checks,
02:13:05then passing them throughout Arizona.
02:13:12This unsub is a big dog, passing checks as large as five figures.
02:13:19Sorry I'm late.
02:13:28We have a recovered check on Agent Reiter's desk.
02:13:31Why don't we step out to the bullpen?
02:13:38There's impressions on every line.
02:13:42Looks like the original amount was for $60.
02:13:48Mind if I take a look?
02:13:53Cashed in Flagstaff a week ago.
02:13:59Cost the bank $16,000.
02:14:02- It's a real check. - Yeah.
02:14:05It's been washed. The only thing original is the signature.
02:14:09But it's perfect.
02:14:11I mean, this isn't hydrochloride or bleach.
02:14:15Something new.
02:14:17A nail polish remover where the acetone removes the ink that's not been printed?
02:14:25How did you do it, Frank?
02:14:28How did you cheat on the bar exam in Louisiana?
02:14:36I didn't cheat.
02:14:40I studied for two weeks and I passed.
02:14:44Is that the truth?
02:14:48I'll bet this guy steals checks out of mailboxes.
02:14:52He washes off their names and puts on his own.
02:14:56You're saying he's a local?
02:14:58If it were me, I'd call the bank first. Check out the balance...
02:15:02Make sure there's enough money in there to make it worth your while.
02:15:06You know, Carl, I think this guy is pretty smart.
02:15:10Guess all we have to do now is catch him.

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