When Eliot Ness and Agent Martin Flaherty raid a small butcher shop looking for illegal liquor, they find more the cheap booze: they find the body of the store's owner, Arturo Vittorini, in... See full summary »

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Joseph H. 'Joe' Bucco (as J. Carroll Naish)
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Barbara Vittorini
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Anna Bucco
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When Eliot Ness and Agent Martin Flaherty raid a small butcher shop looking for illegal liquor, they find more the cheap booze: they find the body of the store's owner, Arturo Vittorini, in the meat locker. The dead man's wife Barbara accuses the neighborhood Mafia chief, Joe Bucco, of ordering the killing. Bucco denies having anything to do with it - the dead man was his wife's cousin - but is pretty sure his collector, Little Charlie Sebastino, is responsible. He also learns to his shock and dismay that the Mafia hierarchy has pushed him out and Little Charlie has been named as his replacement. Bucco strikes back and sabotages Sebastino's trucks but the Mafia sends him a message when they kill his driver and he knows that unless he backs off, he will be next. He gives Eliot Ness a present just in case he's knocked off. Written by garykmcd

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14 January 1960 (USA)  »

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Talk about a lousy retirement plan! I think these folks should consider unionizing...
12 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

During his long career, J. Carrol Naish played just about every nationality as well as a lot of villains. So, seeing him play an aging mobster, Joseph Bucco, is certainly no surprise. However, this mobster is a bit different. While he's a vicious thug, the mob is tired of him and a young punk, speaking for them, informs Bucco he's going to either retire or...well, the threat is clearly implied. So Bucco strikes back HARD at Little Charlie (Henry Silva) to let the mob know that he STILL is in charge. Not surprisingly, Little Charlie isn't just going to stand still for this! As for Ness, I'm surprised that he didn't just sit back and watch it all happen and enjoy the carnage! Instead he tried, though not all THAT hard, to get Joe to consider turning himself in to the authorities to save his sorry butt.

This is a very odd episode because like the previous one, it really didn't need Ness. The problems really seemed to solve themselves! Still, another nice performance by Naish and an exciting and violent episode. Well worth seeing.


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