After mob hit man Frankie Gruder kills a warehouseman - and is almost nabbed by Eliot Ness and his men in the process - he turns to his old friend Julius Vernon to get him out of it. Vernon... See full summary »

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Eliot Ness
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Big Joe Holvak
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Julius Albert Vernon
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Frank Gruder
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Janos 'Willie' Willinski
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Lee Hobson
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Enrico Rossi
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William Youngfellow
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Jack Rossman
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Pete Gort
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Police Capt. Jim Johnson
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Larry Croft
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Finley Connors
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After mob hit man Frankie Gruder kills a warehouseman - and is almost nabbed by Eliot Ness and his men in the process - he turns to his old friend Julius Vernon to get him out of it. Vernon conspires with Willie Willinsky, who knows practically every crook in town, to find someone to plead guilty to the murder. The fraud works so well that Vernon suggests the three of them form an employment agency of sorts. Anyone who wants a crime committed need only tell them what they want done. Vernon will devise the scheme, Willinsky will find the men to make it happen and Gruder will provide the muscle. They decide that they also need a figurehead to take the rap if they get caught so they focus on recruiting Big Joe Holvak who has just been released from prison after serving his 10 year sentence. Joe doesn't realize what he's gotten himself into nor that time has also passed him by. Written by garykmcd

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11 January 1962 (USA)  »

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"He used to be a big shot"
6 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Watching this particular Untouchables episode put me in mind of gangster big screen classic The Roaring Twenties when Gladys George uttered that final epitaph over James Cagney. In The Roaring Twenties Cagney did his time in jail and took a fall as he did in Angels With Dirty Faces and then his former associates didn't want him back in the setup.

In this episode Jay C. Flippen a former gang leader gets out of prison after a ten year stretch. In that ten years Al Capone, Dion O'Bannion, Johnny Torrio, Bugs Moran have all come and gone. Flippen misses being a big shot, but he's got three jokers ready to use that nostalgia for their own gains.

The well connected Robert Emhardt, bookie Herschel Bernardi, and trigger man Don Gordon are ready to form their own syndicate, but with Capone's tax conviction in mind they need a fall guy and Flippen's a perfect fit for the part. Robert Stack is after Gordon especially since he got away with a killing by his friends forcing some poor schnook to sign a confession that Stack knows is phony.

Does it work out for Flippen better than it did for Cagney in those big screen classics. You'll have to watch this fine Untouchables episode to find out.


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