The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Jake Lingle Killing 

A newspaperman is murdered for double-crossing some mobsters. So a reward-seeking ex-con decides to work with Ness and find the killer.

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Barney 'Bugs' Birch
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Bill Hagen
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Jack Zuta
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Angie Viale
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Jake Lingle
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The Birch and Viale gangs are starting to encroach on each others turf and a gang war is on the verge of erupting. When a journalist, Jake Lingle, writes about it he soon finds himself dead. There is public outrage at the killing and the DA wants to keep it that way although it's obvious Lingle may have been a middle man between the mob and corrupt policemen. After a $25,000 reward is posted for bringing the killers to justice Bill Hagen, a self-styled detective but more or less a bounty hunter, tells Ness he will solve the case. Birch offers Hagen a better deal however. Written by garykmcd

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29 October 1959 (USA)  »

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Made no sense to me
1 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The revised series of The Untouchables with Tom Amandes as Eliot Ness did a much better episode of the famous Jake Lingle killing. In that one the real figures of Al Capone and Bugs Moran and their various supporters were all involved and the unsolved killing got a more plausible explanation.

Herb Vigran plays the reporter who was a crusader to the public who read his columns, but after his assassination was quickly discovered to have been a go between shuttling for news and payoffs from any mobster who had it to pay. After his death Lingle's public image eroded rapidly and in real life Robert Stacks's crew of Feds were peripherally involved at best.

The main character here is Jack Lord who is a puzzle to me after I've watched the episode. He's a self styled cynical hood who offers to go inside one of the mobs to get information on the killing for a price. The mob he goes inside of is Charles McGraw's.

After seeing the film the story made absolutely no sense either in character or motivation. A really nice cast with some of the best players around is really wasted here.


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