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"The Untouchables" The Big Train: Part 1 (1961)

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Neville Brand As Al Capone

Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
10 September 2011

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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