The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Waxey Gordon Story 

Waxey Gordon is known as the beer baron of New York and he decides that the time has come to expand his territory. He sets his sights on the New Jersey side of the river and successfully ... See full summary »

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Eliot Ness
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Bugs Donovan (as Frank De Kova)
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Waxey Gordon
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Lee Hobson
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William Youngfellow
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Enrico Rossi
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Jack Rossman
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Orville Watson
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Waxey Gordon is known as the beer baron of New York and he decides that the time has come to expand his territory. He sets his sights on the New Jersey side of the river and successfully eliminates his three competitors there, including mobster Bugs Donovan. Ness and his men are trying to bring Waxey down and are sure they have located his warehouse but every time they raid the place, the building is completely empty. When they do finally figure out how he is moving his beer, they plan a little surprise for him with the help of the Elizabeth, New Jersey Fire Department. Written by garykmcd

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10 November 1960 (USA)  »

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The Thrill is Gone
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Performed by Lisabeth Hush
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown
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A flashy guy
12 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Waxey Gordon is The Untouchables hoodlum of the week in this episode and Nehemiah Persoff plays him. Although Eliot Ness and his crew once again had nothing to do with the eventual imprisonment of this public enemy, in fact it was the federal government that did him in.

As is shown in the story the real Waxey Gordon was a very flashy individual. In real life born Al Wexler, Gordon got the nickname for his slippery nature. In fact he is a devious opponent who is trying to take over the beer racket in New Jersey and I have to say has a clever method of concealment from the Feds.

In real life Waxey Gordon was the first of many convictions by Thomas E. Dewey. He was the personal project of the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York one George Z. Medaille who in 1932 resigned to run for the U.S. Senate against Robert F. Wagner in what was a horrible Republican year. Taking over the interim portion of his unfinished term was his number one assistant Dewey and brought Gordon to justice.

He had some help because Gordon who was a protégé of Arnold Rothstein lost his main backer when Rothstein was killed. That left Gordon a rather ripe target. Gordon was lucky that folks like Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano didn't deal with him in traditional style. But the Gordon conviction made Dewey a front runner for the job of special prosecutor from which he launched his political career.

Persoff and Robert Stack make an evenly matched pair of adversaries in this Untouchables story.


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