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 ...
LaMarr Kane
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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A hedge against Prohibition's repeal
19 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Gangster Ted DeCorsia is looking to take over various nightclubs in the Chicago area, both as an outlet for his illegal booze and as a hedge against Prohibition so he'll have a living after it's repealed. He muscles in on Joseph Buloff's club and its draw, comedian Cameron Mitchell. As it turns out though Buloff is a friend of Eliot Ness which brings in The Untouchables.

I think it might have been better for the story had a real comedian been hired for the part. Mitchell try as he may just doesn't come off as any kind of funny when he's 'on'.

But on the plus side Timothy Carey as DeCorsia's enforcer is playing one of patented psychotic roles and no one does psycho this side of Lyle Bettger better than Timothy Carey. Phyllis Coates is around also as DeCorsia's sexy squeeze who Mitchell takes an unhealthy interest in.

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