The Ginnie Littlesmith Story – Episode Review

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THE GINNIE LITTLESMITH STORY

Airdate: May 17th, 1962
Written by Leonard Kantor
Produced and Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Director of Photography Charles Straumer
Co-starring Brook Byron, Don Gordon
Special Guest Star Phyllis Love
Featuring John McCliam, Harry Swoger, Marlene Callahan, Leonard Strong, Toni Tucci, Barnaby Hale, Jeno Mate, Barbara Pepper, Linda Evans.

“May 17, 1932. Free soup kitchens were a common sight on the streets of the depression-ridden country. But this one, located in Chicago’s skid row area, was not the usual kind. This soup kitchen was the false front of a luxurious illicit establishment run by twice-convicted white slaver Chiz Goshen. Goshen’s partners, a powerful nationwide vice ring known as ‘the Group,’ were represented at Goshen’s place by Bick Cassandras. Bick’s record of arrests began with penny ante misdemeanors and ended with big-time crime.” Read More

The Case Against Eliot Ness – Episode Review

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THE CASE AGAINST ELIOT NESS

Airdate: May 10th, 1962
Written by George Eckstein
Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Produced by Del Reisman
Director of Photography
Co-starring Bruce Gordon, Jeanne Cooper
Special Guest Star Pat Hingle
Featuring Cliff Camell, Frank Wilcox, Joseph Turkel, Shirley
Ira, Bruce Anderson, Robert Palmer, George Murdoch, Robert Bice, Bruno Ve Sota, Ed Tontini, Chris Carter, Sid Haig, Martin Clark

“In 1933, the City of Chicago became 100 years old. To celebrate the occasion Chicago planned a birthday party and invited the world. The name given to the festivities was the Century Of Progress. In other parts of Chicago however, the civic anniversary was being celebrated in a different manner. On the night of March 4th, 1933, the three Endicott brothers, the joint holders of various franchises at the Century of Progress, spent their last night on Earth.” Read More

The Silent Partner – Episode Review

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THE SILENT PARTNER

Airdate: February 1st, 1962
Written by Harry Kronman
Directed by Abner Biberman
Produced by Lloyd Richards
Director of Photography Charles Straumer
Co-starring Allyn Joslyn, Dyan Cannon, Bert Convey
Special Guest Star Charles McGraw
Featuring Stewart Bradley, Stanley Kahn, John Milford, Tim Graham, Sydney Smith, and “The Partner”

“Through most of the violent prohibition years, the hottest spot in Chicago, and a must to anybody who was anybody, was the Club Tunisian, a rendezvous where the leaders of society and the lords of crime rubbed elbows in mutual admiration and paid a king’s ransom to see and be seen.” Read More

The Gang War – Episode Review

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THE GANG WAR

Airdate: January 18th and May 24th, 1962 Written by John Mantley Directed by Paul Wendkos Produced by Lloyd Richards Director of Photography Charles Straumer Co-starring Victor Buono, Bruce Gonion, John Kellogg Featuring Ed Nelson, Joe di Reda, Peter Forster, Anne Whitfield, David Faulkner, Paul Birch, Claudia Bryar, Dal McKennon, Wayne Heffley, Paul Dubov, Lou Krugman

“Prohibition, 1932. The City of Chicago was consuming alcohol at the rate of 32 million gallons a year. These figures are incredible, but they are documented: 86,000 gallons a day. It was manufactured in everything from massive distilleries to grimy bathtubs. It came into the brawling city by truck and motor car, by pop bottles and pipeline. All of it was illegal. Most of it was bad. Some of it was poison. A mere trickle, less than 1 % of this staggering total was the finest liquor money could buy, the purest Scotch and rye whisky. It came from Canada. For the speakeasy proprietor, who would assure the silk stocking trade of a steady supply of imported Scotch, the rewards were enormous, but the risks were even greater.”

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The Canada Run – Episode Review

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THE CANADA RUN

Airdate: January 4th, 1962 
Teleplay by Barry Trivers and Harry Kronman
Story by Barry Trivers
Directed by Bernard McEveety, Jr.
Produced by Lloyd Richards
Director of Photography Charles Straumer
Special Guest Star Simon Oakland
Co-starring Arthur Hill, Bruce Gordon.
Featuring Dabbs Greer, John Alderson, Than Wyenn, Michael Hinn, Paul Bryar, Gene Roth. 

“On a cold November afternoon in 1932, The Chicago Bears ran the opposition dizzy, bringing to the Windy City, the professional football championship of the world. Beneath the stands, a different kind of game was being played, for much higher stakes. The contestants: Joe Palakopoulos, offense; Danny Cougan, defense. Cougan was a cautious man, always accompanied by his bodyguard. But today, he did not hear the opening whistle.”  Read More

City Without a Name – Episode Review

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CITY WITHOUT A NAME

Airdate: December 14, 1961 
Written by John Mantley
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Produced by Lloyd Richards
Director of Photography Charles Straumer
Co-starring Paul Richards, Mike Kellin, Bruce Gordon
Featuring Theodore Marcuse, George Keymas, Vic Perrin, Joseph Breen, Harvey Stephens, William Boylett

“1933; the most violent era in the history of America. Chicago exploding with crime; New York, a city of terror. St. Louis, Detroit, New Orleans, Kansas City, and almost every big town across the country, corruption, and violence were reaching an all-time high. The outstanding exception: an Eastern seaboard metropolis which even now must remain unnamed. A city which had used the ballot box to blast corruption out of public office. Federal agent Arnold Weybright had managed to keep the bloody finger of organized crime out of the city without a name, but, at 9:42 AM October, 22nd…”
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Mankiller – Episode Review

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MANKILLER

Airdate: December 7th, 1961 
Written by Sy Salkowitz
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Executive Producer Alan Armer
Director of Photography Charles Straumer
Special Guest Star Ruth Roman
Co-starring Bruce Gordon, Anne Helm
Featuring Grant Richards, Mario Gallo, Mario Alcalde, Jay Adler, Joe Scott

”In July of 1934, acting on a series of telephone tips, Eliot Ness and the Untouchables, with the cooperation of local police, moved in on Chicago’s narcotics racket. The illegal sale of dope was slowly being strangled. Despite the continued fall-off in sales, on August 4th, Frank Nitti prepared to receive fifteen kilos of heroin, the largest shipment of narcotics ever to be imported at a single time.” Read More

Jigsaw – Episode Review

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JIGSAW

Airdates: November 23rd, 1961 and June 7th, 1962
Written by George Eckstein
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Produced by Del Reisman
Director of Photography Charles Straumer
Special Guest Star James Gregory
Co-starring Bruce Gordon, Cloris Leachman
Featuring Bernard Fein, Joe Perry, Alan Baxter

”At 11:30 on the night of September 14th, 1932, after the completion of a successful speakeasy raid, Eliot Ness visited the Odeon Theater. His purpose was not entertainment.” Read More

Loophole – Episode Review

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LOOPHOLE

Airdates: November 16th, 1961
Written by Harry Kronman
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Produced by Lloyd Richards
Director of Photography Charles Straumer
Special Guest Star Jack Klugman
Co-starring Martin Landau, Gavin MacLeod, George Tobias
Featuring Vaughn Taylor, John Weingraf, Lorna Thayer, Wendell Holmes, Joe Turkel, Peter Brocco, Alexander Lockwood, Karen Verne, Alan Gilbert, Larkin Ford

“In the latter half of 1932, the Untouchables had been training their big guns on Mikahil “Red” Mike Probich who had hard-fisted his way from the docks to the top spot in Chicago’s hierarchy of crime. January 1933, they were ready to move.”
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The Matt Bass Scheme – Episode Review

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THE MATT BASS SCHEME

Airdates: November 9th, 1961, and April 23rd, 1963 
Written by David Z. Goodman 
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg 
Produced by Lloyd Richards 
Director of Photography Charles Straumer
Special Guest Star Telly Savalas
Co-starring Bruce Gordon, Milton Seltzer, Michael Constantine
Featuring Carl Milletaire (uncredited), Joseph Bernard, Toni Tucci, John Harmon, Grant Richards, Herman Rudin

“In mid-June, 1932, Eliot Ness, having compiled a list of Frank Nitti’s breweries and distilleries, began a series of raids designed to break the back of the Capone empire, which was being run by his trusted lieutenant.”
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