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
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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