A mobster tries to get his syndicate out of the narcotics business, but his mouthpiece lawyer half-unwittingly betrays him to a rival.




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Episode cast overview:
Lou Adams
Harry Gans
Cesare Romano aka Charlie Roman
Dr. Tony Romano
Anne Barton ...
Martha Adams
Anna Romano
Johnny Longo (as Tony Caruso)
Ralph Neff ...


Syndicate turns almost legit, but debates its don's proposal to cease shipping narcotics, and go above board in 1960. In the Roaring 20's, the leader began by mugging a neighbor to get money to bury his father. Instead, his brother followed their father's advice, becoming a public health physician. Their childhood pal is the mob's lawyer, who struggles to mediate, as his brother's health fails, and the Feds close in. Written by David Stevens

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18 October 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Everett Sloane and John Marley
29 September 2008 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

I'll always have a soft spot for this early episode, the sixth of producer Fletcher Markle's 8 generally dismissed crime entries. The story of two poverty stricken brothers whose lives take very different paths, there are elements of "The Godfather" present, especially in the surprise casting of John Marley as the humanitarian sibling who grows up to become a respected doctor while the other (Frank Silvera) becomes an underworld mob kingpin with the assistance of his childhood friend and longtime attorney (Everett Sloane). Silvera's character has a bad heart, and he wants the syndicate to drop the dope activities so that he can appear more philanthropic to his doctor brother, a suggestion that leads his scheming rival, played to the hilt by Jay C. Flippen, to plot a brutal takeover with the aid of Anthony Caruso, who played yet another mobster in the STAR TREK episode "A Piece of the Action." Yes, the characters may be clichéd, the plot may be utterly predictable, but the strong cast delivers on all counts, especially Everett Sloane, who tragically took his own life just 5 years after this show was broadcast. Jay C. Flippen died in 1971, John Marley in 1984, and Frank Silvera, an eerie presence in the hourlong Hitchcock 'thriller,' "The Life Work of Juan Diaz," was accidentally electrocuted in 1970.

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