Gangster Vincent 'Mad Dog' Coll is out to get revenge on his arch-enemy Dutch Schultz just about any way he can. After his attempt to kidnap Schultz's bookkeeper Lefty Gallagher goes awry, Coll decides to kidnap a horse Schultz has made a big bet on for the Kentucky Derby race that is still several months away. Coll comes by his nickname easily and will go to almost any lengths to get at Schultz. Ness and his men use that to their advantage. Written by
Fun because of Clu's insane performance...and, not entirely fictional.
"The Untouchables" often used the names of real gangsters but highly fictionalized their exploits. Such is the case of 'Mad Dog' Coll, though at least in this case they got Coll's nutty personality right!!! He was never apprehended by Elliott Ness, he never kidnapped a horse and he never kidnapped and then murdered one of Dutch Schultz's friends...though he did kidnap folks and in one case did this to one of Schultz's men--though he was released unharmed. This episode takes place all over the place--as the TV version of Elliott Ness was NOT confined to Chicago. Here, he's in Chicago, New York and even Louisville at the Kentucky Derby!
Despite playing fast and easy with the facts, this is a fun episode because Clu Gulager's performance as Mad Dog was nutty and over-the- top--sort of like Richard Widmark's florid performance in his breakout film, "Kiss of Death". So wacky you can't stop watching!
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