A successful bootlegger seizes control of a nightclub and takes its brash young comic under his wing, promising to make him a star.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph Buloff ...
Benny Hoff
Johnny Paycheck
Renee Sullivan
Big Jim Harrington
Harry Bartell ...
Nicholas Georgiade ...
LaMarr Kane
Walter Winchell ...
Narrator (voice)


With the end of prohibition in sight, mobster Big Jim Harrington is branching out and forcing the owners of successful night clubs to give him a majority share of their joints in return for letting them stay open. He also decides to hire an ambitious comedian, Johnny Paycheck, he sees at one of the clubs and promises to make him a big star. Johnny owes a lot to one of the of the club owners being forced out, Benny Hoff, but when Harrington's henchmen get rid of Hoff, Johnny re-assesses his priorities. Written by garykmcd

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12 November 1959 (USA)  »

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An odd casting decision when it came to Johnny Paycheck...the world's stupidest comic!
13 November 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

My summary does NOT mean that the country music star appears in this show. Instead, Johnny Paycheck is a character--a nightclub comedian. Oddly, Cameron Mitchell is cast as this guy--and I have no idea why they didn't get some comedian for this role and used an actor like Mitchell. I am not complaining--just that he's not exactly a funny guy and always played serious roles.

Johnny Paycheck is an incredibly stupid comic--too stupid to make the show that believable. Although his good friend Hoff has had his business stolen out from under him by Big Jim (Ted de Corsia), Johnny likes the attention Big Jim pays him. So, instead of trying to make it on his own, he goes to work for Big Jim in his nightclubs-- nightclubs he's stolen using his goons. Just how long can Johnny work for Big Jim until he sees the light? Apparently, a very long time as Johnny is incredibly stupid!!

This is a decent episode of "The Untouchables". It could have been better with better casting and if they'd made Johnny the least bit intelligent. Still, it's worth seeing despite a few deficits. I did like Big Jim's muscle...he was the perfect psycho!

By the way, the 'dame' in this episode is Phyllis Coates--the woman who was the first Lois Lane on the TV show "The Adventures of Superman".

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