The Purple Gang, led by Eddie Fletcher, specialize in small-time kidnapping focusing on minor mobster that can fetch them a few thousand dollars in a short period of time. They may have ... See full summary »

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Jan Tornek
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Marta Tornek
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Eddie Fletcher
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Eric Vajda
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Silkie De Long
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Edward Wiles
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Rocky Garver
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Andrews
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The Purple Gang, led by Eddie Fletcher, specialize in small-time kidnapping focusing on minor mobster that can fetch them a few thousand dollars in a short period of time. They may have bitten off than they can chew when they grab Jan Tornek. He is ostensibly an antique shop owner in business with his brother-in-law Eric Vajda. In fact, he's a messenger for the Capone mob, regularly collecting shipments of narcotics. Ness had been observing Tornek for some time and when he misses picking up a drug delivery, he's soon on to Mrs. Tornek who has already received the ransom demand. She works with Ness but Fletcher is soon on to them and they nab her brother, Eric Vajda. The case gets complicated when Capone's top enforcer, Frank Nitti, starts to negotiate for Vajda's release. Written by garykmcd

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1 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Bruce Cochran most unforgettable as 'Frank Nitti' in the Untouchables('the purple gang')
9 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

..although the plot is forgettable, it is most remembered for Steve Cochran as an evil don Ed Fletcher of the Purple gang,& Werner Klemperer as a drug mule for the Capone gang. Although Neville brand is most engaging as Al Capone in the TV series, it is Bruce Cochran who is most remembered as the enforcer for the 'Chicago outfit' who commands the stage in the dimly lit warehouse scene w/ Ed Fletcher; he will rank in the TV villains' Hall of fame right up there w/ Gus Frimg(Giancarlo Esposito)of 'breaking bad' fame, but you must remember, BB is entirely fiction from the fertile imagination of Vince Gilligan, whereas Frank Nitti historically came up the ranks as a foot soldier, born in Italy, learned the crime trade in Brooklyn, Galveston, Dallas & finally caught the eye of Johnny Torrio, head of the Chicago Outfit, along w/ another unknown consigliere, a young 32-yr-old named Al Capone. When Capone succeeded Torrio, it was Nitti who 'outsourced' the dirty work for Capone . And Cochran's, excuse me, Bruce Gordon's faithful TV portrayal as Nitti cemented his place in gangland history.


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