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The four guest stars in here were all very familiar faces from the '60s
and '70s - Harold J. Stone, Joseph Wiseman, Murray Hamilton and Madlyn
Stone usually played a hard-nosed guy. He had the face and voice for it. Wiseman has a good resume for the big screen as well as the small screen. He played "Dr. No" in the title role in the first James Bond movie! Hamilton was much more versatile and on TV lot but actually became better-known after his role as the mayor in the 1975 famous "Jaws" movie. Rhue was a stunning beauty whose career was cut short due to illness.
Anyway, the story is a pretty good one. It has to be with monikers like "Tough Tommy Karpelas" and "Arnie 'The Wolf' Mendoza." There is a lot of edge to this story, more than normal with an intense ending.
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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