The Untouchables: Season 4, Episode 15

The Snowball (15 Jan. 1963)

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Jack Parker is an up and coming young hustler who wants to become part of Frank Nitti's organization. He thinks there's an untapped market on university and college campuses but Nitti ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Jackson Emmit Parker
Bruce Gordon ...
Gerald Hiken ...
Benny Angel
Nicholas Georgiade ...
Abel Fernandez ...
Paul Meadows
Professor Harold Farris
Robert Doyle ...
Jimmy Farris
Robert Karnes ...
Harvey Sloan
Walter Winchell ...
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Jack Parker is an up and coming young hustler who wants to become part of Frank Nitti's organization. He thinks there's an untapped market on university and college campuses but Nitti thinks he's just a nickel and dimer and isn't interested. Parker has been making his own booze and selling it through Benny Angel, who hangs around the campus actually selling the stuff to the kids. Parker decides to get Nitti's interest by secretly arranging to sell wood alcohol to students and then convincing Nitti that he can make sure the stuff sold to students is clean. When Benny Angel is found dead, Ness has another reason to find the man behind the scheme. Written by garykmcd

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Not the genesis of John Hooker
23 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of Robert Redford's most notable and beloved roles was as con man John Hooker in The Sting. But the guy who with Paul Newman arranged a big con to take down a racketeer who had killed his mentor was nothing like the coldblooded young gangster who dares to even con Bruce Gordon as Frank Nitti in The Untouchables.

Seeing Robert Redford as a guest star almost compelled me to watch this episode. He and this frowzy street guy Gerald Hiken have a nice little business selling bathtub booze to college kids. But Redford in his ambition to move up the ladder spikes his product with wood alcohol causing blindness and death in one case and then he foists the whole blame on Hiken to get in good with Nitti.

As often as not Robert Stack and his picked crew never really do anything in the way of arrests and convictions even in this highly fictionalized television series. What they do is in the case of independents like Redford is just drop a dime on them and let the Mob take care of them. It certainly saves wear and tear on the criminal justice system which was so corrupt in the Chicago of that era.

This one is recommended for Robert Redford's legion of fans to see from whence he came.

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