Ness tries to get the influential president of a truckers union to stop mobster "Bugs" Moran and his crime syndicate from infiltrating the labor unions.

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With Al Capone out of the picture appealing his recent conviction, the Untouchables focus their attention on the number 2 gangster in Chicago, George 'Bugs' Moran. Federal officers soon have Moran under 24 hour, seven day a week surveillance. Moran has recently kidnapped young Larry Halloran, even though the mobster know that the boy's father has no money. What Moran wants is to get control of the union the elder Lawrence Halloran is in charge of. It's only a small truckers union but Moran would be more than happy to strong-arm businesses to sign contracts with the union and in turn provide the mob with a nice steady income. With Eliot Ness away in Washington at Congressional hearings, Agent Martin Flaherty is in charge of the investigation but Halloran isn't prepared to take the risk of setting up the big-time mobster for an arrest. Halloran tries to make a deal with a local trucking firm but ends up in the hospital during which time Moran gets control of the union. Written by garykmcd

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5 November 1959 (USA)  »

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Llloyd Nolan Outstanding As 'Bugs Moran'
12 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lloyd Nolan stars as George "Bugs" Moran, the number two man on the wanted list now that Al Capone was behind bars. The date is March, 1932, and Moran is kidnapping people among other things. In this episode, he kidnaps a small boy about 12.

Elliott Ness, who has to go to Washington to give details of Capone's case, leaves "Martin Flaherty" in charge. Marty has Moran tailed night and day. After Moran makes a phone call to the parents of the young boy (whose father is played by Jack Warden), Flaherty starts to get wind of what the famous crook is doing.

This episode is good because Nolan made it so, especially with his speech to the union workers. His kidnapping plan was solely to get control of a local truckers' union (the boy's father was president of the union) and the speech he gives them is riveting. That was the highlight of the show, I thought. I also was impressed with the ending: a very realistic one, and not one you'd expect. The only disappointment was Robert Stack taking the week off as "Ness." He only had two very short scenes. (Odd the star of the show would take off in only the fourth episode of the series.)

One last thing that really impressed was the quality of the transfer. So far, this Untouchables - Season One DVD looks good. For TV shows that almost 60 years old, the picture is sharp and the black-and-white contrasts outstanding. In spots, it looks like an excellent film noir of the '40s.


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