Following the Hillsdale Express train robbery in which a million dollars was stolen and a mail clerk was killed, 'Tough' Tommy Karpeles is convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Eliot ... See full summary »

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Following the Hillsdale Express train robbery in which a million dollars was stolen and a mail clerk was killed, 'Tough' Tommy Karpeles is convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Eliot Ness has been tasked by the Post Office to recover the missing million and he begins to think that Karpeles may be innocent. Information from a dying hood puts him on the trail of Karpeles' former associate Arnie 'The Wolf' Mendoza, now a supposedly reformed cinema owner living under the name of Albert Maris. When Mendoza kidnaps Karpeles' daughter Sally to keep her from talking, Tommy decides to help Ness and rescue his daughter. Written by garykmcd

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Why would a guy just accept a guilty verdict and prison sentence when he was innocent?
6 March 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Harold J. Stone stars in this episode of "The Untouchables" and, like many of the show's episodes, the featured actor has been in multiple episodes playing a variety of characters. While Stone didn't always play bad guys, his characters all had one thing in common...they were all VERY hard-headed guys! In this case, he plays the title character, Tommy Karples, a man who inexplicably did not offer much defense when he was accused of robbery and murder. While he had a criminal background and Ness wasn't saddened by his incarceration, he is determined to find out who really was at fault and he is curious why Karples didn't use his daughter as an alibi as he's convinced she can prove he isn't guilty.

So is any of this any good? Yep. As usual, Stone is terrific though I was much more impressed by a more minor character in the show played exceptionally well by Murray Hamilton. The guy was an incredible weasel...a lowlife that really made the show work well. Also along for the great ride were Joseph Wiseman (of "Dr. No" fame), Vic Morrow and, in a tiny part, Glenn Strange (who played Frankenstein in many 1940s Universal films). All in all, well written and very well acted...and well worth seeing.


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