Nick Acropolis has created a vast network of bookies and is the king of the numbers racket in the greater Chicago area. His problems start when he discovers that Louis Manzak, his wife's ... See full summary »

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Nick Acropolis has created a vast network of bookies and is the king of the numbers racket in the greater Chicago area. His problems start when he discovers that Louis Manzak, his wife's brother and the manager of one his betting parlors, has skimmed $200,000 of the proceeds. Were it not for the family relationship, Nick would have had him killed but rather he gives Louis 48 hours to come with $50,000 as a down payment on what he owes. His sister lends him half of that amount but his attempt to borrow the rest from someone else leads to disaster. The dispute also brings Acropolis into a dispute with Frank Nitti while Nick's enforcer, Frankie Fershman, decides the time has come for him to move up in the organization. Written by garykmcd

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Double-crosses abound in this one!!! You almost feel sorry for Nick Acropolis!!
2 March 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Nick Acropolis (Lee Marvin) is a very successful bookie. However, he's having some problems which only seem to get worse and worse! First, his rat-like brother-in-law embezzles a fortune from him. Second, his wife won't let him kill the dirty rat. Third, his right-hand man is a lying, murdering jerk who plans to use what he knows to try to take over the business. And, fourth, Frank Nitti and the huge Chicago mob want a big piece of Acropolis' business. While bookmaking is illegal and Acropolis is no saint, again and again, so many things happen to him that you will swear that there's no way he'll survive. Oh, and did I mention that Ness has just gotten a hold of Acropolis' books?!

This is an excellent episode for two big reasons. Marvin (as almost always) is a great actor and does a nice job...even though the guy is supposed to be Greek! Second, the plot has so many betrayals and double-dealing that it makes for an exciting show.


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