In New York on a case, Eliot Ness learns that mobster Joe Kulak is out to get control of the racing wire. The wire provides horse racing results from tracks across the country to betting ... See full summary »

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In New York on a case, Eliot Ness learns that mobster Joe Kulak is out to get control of the racing wire. The wire provides horse racing results from tracks across the country to betting parlors and bookies. The mob is out to get control of Michael Barrigan's wire service and they've killed Barrigan's two partners to put pressure on him. With information that Gregory Pindar will be running the mob's wire service, Ness travels to San Francisco undercover posing as hoodlum Whitey Steele to see if he can infiltrate the new operation. He gets a job with Pindar and learns that Pindar may also be importing heroin. Problems arise when a New York mobster, who knows Ness, shows up in town. Written by garykmcd

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8 February 1962 (USA)  »

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Upon learning he will go on temporary assignment to San Francisco, Ness quips to Federal District Attorney Asbury, "I'll send you a postcard from Fisherman's Wharf." Fisherman's Wharf didn't start to become a familiar tourist destination until the late 1930's, considerably after the time frame of this episode. Incidentally, one of the early promoters of Fisherman's Wharf was Frank Lanza, then-boss of San Francisco's Mafia family. See more »

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From Coast To Coast
25 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Eliot Ness" (Robert Stack) starts in New York City but goes undercover across the country in San Francisco in this episode. He pretends to be "Whitey Steele," some hood from Chicago and he's doing fine until, of course, someone gets suspicious and begins checking.

The episode is filled with suspense in the second half as Ness infiltrates a new operation designed to take over the "racing wire," a service to bookies across the country. There's also a problem with heroin involved with these hoods.

Henry Silva, one of my favorite "bad guy" actors of the era, guest stars along with Murray Hamilton, who is always good no matter what character he plays.


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