The Untouchables: Season 2, Episode 12

The Big Train: Part 1 (5 Jan. 1961)

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When Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion, he's sentenced to 11 years and sent to the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. Capone's farewell is something normally reserved for more honest ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Gordon ...
Robert F. Simon ...
Abel Fernandez ...
Nicholas Georgiade ...
Everett Lafferty
Lalo Rios ...
Tony Diaz
Lewis Charles ...
Joe Giambatista
Three-Fingered Jack White
Russ Conway ...
Warden Hubbard
Paul Bruce ...
Frank London ...
Benny Marcus


When Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion, he's sentenced to 11 years and sent to the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. Capone's farewell is something normally reserved for more honest citizens leading Eliot Ness to go to Washington and propose the construction of Alcatraz prison. In Atlanta, Capone has a pretty good thing going, including guards who make life pretty easy for him in exchange for cash. When it becomes apparent that he too will be transferred to the new prison, Capone uses a cell mate's knowledge of the railroad route to plan his escape. In Chicago meanwhile, Ness becomes aware that the Capone empire is converting assets into cash and he and his team set out to find out why. Written by garykmcd

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Neville Brand As Al Capone
10 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although he didn't have the body shape or Al Capone's facial look, Neville Brand still made a decent "Scarface." Brand also had a menacing face that made him a good choice to play villains in many roles during his time. Brand was never dull in whatever roll he played, including this one as America's "most famous gangster.

Capone has been put away in Atlanta for tax invasion and, as most people know, never enjoyed freedom again. However, it wasn't because he and his peers didn't try to break him out. The time to do so, they figured, was on the train trip from Atlanta to a new jail, just built in the San Francisco Bay - a place called Alcatraz. You may have heard of it. Ness had campaigned for a jail which would house nothing but the most hardened criminals. Places like Atlanta had made it too easy for bigshots like Capone to run the joint.

Anyway, how Capone's unexpected release was almost pulled off is the subject of a two-part story, this first part being mostly about how the plan evolved. The story is okay - nothing super - but it will keep your attention. Brand will make sure of that.

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