Eliot Ness is lured south of the border to retrieve a witness who will help his case. Only it's a set-up...once there, the mobster on trial is planning to have Ness killed.

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Jerry Fanning
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Byron Foulger ...
Julius Imbry
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Theodore Newberry
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After Eliot Ness and the Untouchables have spent a year of putting the case together, the federal prosecutor is finally ready to go after racketeer Ted Newberry. Their prime witness, Julius Imbry, is under police protection and living in a hotel. Newberry's top gunman Jerry Fanning botches a planned hit but crooked politicians at city hall, as worried as anyone else about what might be revealed, arrange for Imbry to leave town. Now both Fanning and Eliot Ness head to Mexico to find Imbry and either kill him or bring him back for the trial. Written by garykmcd

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Porter on Train: [Two Agents stop him in the corridor outside a killer's compartment] But, I have to deliver these sandwiches!
Eliot Ness: [Shows badge] He changed his mind.
Porter on Train: He sure did!
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La Cucaracha
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The Good & The Bad Of 'Mexican Stake-Out'
1 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Justice "is finally about to catch up to racketeer Theordore Newberry, the owner of gambling parlors, speakeasies, and houses of prostitution." However, the key witness against Newberry, despite police protection, vanishes when the crooks come and capture him.

When I look at these old shows, any crime story from movies or TV from the "classic era," I just shake my head at some of the things I see. I wonder if they really were like that back then. For example, everyone handles evidence, messing up fingerprints, etc. Doors are left open everywhere, police beat up all the suspects. In here, "police protection for a key witness against a big mobsters consists of ONE guy outside the door and one inside. When the policeman outside the door is duped and slugged over the head, the witness is abducted. It's that easy! Oh, well.

In good twist, however, it turns out Newberry didn't kidnap the witness and doesn't know who did, but figures "the city hall boys ran him out of town." He doesn't Ness to find him. What to do? Get Ness out of the city so he can find the witness and kill him. He starts with a smear tactic.

Most of the show is centered in Mexico and what happens there with Ness, his partner "Nick Delgado" (played by Vince Edwards of Dr. Ben Casey" fame) ,and the bad guys.

The most interesting character in this episode, by far, was "Jerry Fanning," Newberry's hit man, who is played by well-known screen actor Martin Landau. He was intense all the way.

Despite all of the above, this was too talky and just plain boring in much of it. I only mentioned the high spots and the most intriguing actor (Landau). Some of these shows are a lot slower-moving than I remembered as a kid. Back then, however, most TV shows and movie were that way so we were used to a more leisurely pace. Now, it looks slow compared to what we are used to seeing the last few decades.


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