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The Scarface Mob (1959)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Crime  -  20 April 1959 (USA)
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Story of how a group of incorruptible federal lawmen helped put 1920s' Chicago gangster Al Capone in prison.

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Eliot Ness (archive footage)
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Joe Fuselli (archive footage)
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Brandy LaFrance (archive footage)
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Betty Anderson (archive footage)
Bill Williams ...
Martin Flaherty (archive footage)
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George Ritchie (archive footage)
Bruce Gordon ...
Frank Nitti (archive footage)
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Al Capone (archive footage)
Peter Leeds ...
LaMarr Kane (archive footage)
Eddie Firestone ...
Eric Hansen (archive footage)
Robert Osterloh ...
Tom Kopka (archive footage)
Paul Dubov ...
Jack Rossman (archive footage)
Abel Fernandez ...
William Youngfellow (archive footage)
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Tony Liguri (archive footage)
John Beradino ...
Johnny Giannini (archive footage)
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Special Agent Eliot Ness (Robert Stack) forms The Untouchables, an elite squad of incorruptible lawmen, in order to bring down underworld kingpin Al Capone. First televised as a two-part episode of the Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse in April 1959, The Untouchables was later combined into one seamless version for movie theaters titled "The Scarface Mob." Here, accompanying this movie version are the Desi Arnaz and Walter Winchell introductions that preceded parts one and two of the original Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse broadcast. Written by WyattJones

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Betty Anderson: [Eliot Ness arrives after two Capone men pay his Fiance a visit] Eliot what kind men are they?
Eliot Ness: They are warped, sadistic, rotten little cowards!
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Ain't Misbehavin
Written by Thomas Walter, Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf
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A movie of ideas pitting honest men against crooks--all-time great!
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"The Scarface Mob" is not a gangster film; that's what I claim puts it head and shoulders above all other anti-crime films. It's really about what motivates an Eliot Ness and what makes his sort of man different from the Al Capone's of this world. I have studied the era extensively; and those who called this "authentic-looking" Depression Era dramatized fiction have the case right; the direction by Phil Karlsen, as good as any director is at putting physical action on the screen, is very authentic. Nelson Riddle's jarring score and the great sets add much to the movie. Most of the acting, by stalwart Robert Stack, Keenan Wynn, Bruce Gordon and others is very good indeed. This is a story of the hardest sort to make-- a tale of an ethical man trying to bring down an evil one; it's the sort of story that many TV series have failed to carry off. In this feature-length film, scenes such as the harrowing setting of a wiretap in an alleyway by night, truckborne raids on breweries, a knife attack on Ness, nightclub scenes, Capone's return from serving a jail sentence to reestablish his rule over his cowed mobsters and many others are exceedingly memorable. The violence in the film is mostly honest, the camera-work and lighting amazing for a made-for-TV 1950's production. But the key to the film's extraordinary power is the keeping of context by Ness and his men--truly untouchable in a time when bribery was all-too-effective at corrupting many who had sworn to protect citizens from the Capones. It's hard to say enough nice things about such a memorable film experience.


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