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Renzo Raineri
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Paul Raineri
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Luigi Valcone
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Augie 'The Banker' Ciamino
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Picolo (as Dean Stanton)
Rebecca Welles ...
Rose Raineri
Bernard Kates ...
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Bernard Fein ...
Richie
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Andrea Darvi ...
Theresa Raineri (as Andrea Margolis)
Jack Tesler ...
Gio
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Augie 'The Banker' Ciamino is a bootlegger who seems to have developed an almost foolproof way of manufacturing his liquor. He has equipped over a hundred immigrant homes with small stills to actually make the stuff and a unique way of collecting the product. Not everyone in the immigrant community is participating in the illegal liquor-making operation and Eliot Ness visits a night class where adults learn English. His visit is followed by Ciamino's thugs who give the teacher a beating in front of his students. When shopkeeper Renzo Raineri intervenes, he learns that his son, a bookkeeper, is part of Ciamino's organization. Once Ness at his men learn how Ciamino collects the liquor, they try to catch him with goods but through intimidation and murder, the mobster proves to be elusive. Written by garykmcd

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Menace in every breath
29 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Eliot Ness and his squad of Untouchables take on Keenan Wynn who plays the boss of Chicago's Little Italy and who has followed the infamous Genna Brothers who had the same set up having immigrants manufacturing illegal alcoholic beverages in their homes. They get personally involved when a man dies from alcohol poisoning. Later on Sam Jaffe goes blind from the badly cooked stuff.

Jaffe's friend Will Kulava who goes to night school in an effort to improve himself does not buckle under to Wynn's hoods. But what he doesn't know is that his son Lee Phillips is already working for Wynn handling his account books.

What happens to Kulava and his family forms the basis of this episode's plot. They and the rest of Little Italy are facing some pretty murderous people. There is a fine performance here from Harry Dean Stanton as Wynn's special trigger man who has as few words to say as Jack Palance in Shane, but they carry menace in every breath.


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