Eliot Ness and the Untouchables decide to try and convict New York mobster Dutch Schultz the same way they got Al Capone, through income tax evasion. Agent Marty Flaherty goes undercover working his way into the gang and learns that Lucky Luciano is moving in on Schultz's territory. When Schultz is charged, he successfully petitions the courts to move his trial to upstate New York where he charms the community eventually leading to his acquittal. While away from the big city however, Luciano has been even more aggressive and Schultz has to deal with him on his return. Written by
If anyone saw the movie "Billy Bathgate," starring Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman, you know a little bit about "Dutch Schultz" (real name: Arthur Flegenheimer," as pointed out in this episode.) I probably saw this episode when it was aired 48 years ago but it was too long ago for me to remember it.
However, from the movie I remember the story of Schultz having his trial moved from New York City to a small town in upstate New York, where Schultz tried to schmooze his way with the locals to get a sympathetic jury.
This episode also was informative (how true it was, I can't say) regarding Dutch's rivalry with upstart gangster Charles "Lucky" Luciano, who took over from Schultz.
Elliott Ness and the Untouchables wind up playing both crooks against each other, and trying to nab Schultz on the same charge they got Al Capone: tax evasion.
Overall, this was a good episode because it had enough action, interesting characters and a very surprising ending.
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