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The Purple Gang 

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The Purple Gang, led by Eddie Fletcher, specialize in small-time kidnapping focusing on minor mobster that can fetch them a few thousand dollars in a short period of time. They may have ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Grauman (as Walter E. Grauman)

Writers:

Eliot Ness (book), Oscar Fraley (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Bruce Gordon ... Frank Nitti
Werner Klemperer ... Jan Tornek
Ilka Windish Ilka Windish ... Marta Tornek
Steve Cochran ... Eddie Fletcher
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Steven Geray ... Eric Vajda
Paul Lambert ... Silkie De Long
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Steve London ... Jack Rossman
Rayford Barnes ... Edward Wiles
James Flavin ... Rocky Garver
John Zaccaro John Zaccaro ... Andrews
Joe Turkel ... Loman
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The Purple Gang, led by Eddie Fletcher, specialize in small-time kidnapping focusing on minor mobster that can fetch them a few thousand dollars in a short period of time. They may have bitten off than they can chew when they grab Jan Tornek. He is ostensibly an antique shop owner in business with his brother-in-law Eric Vajda. In fact, he's a messenger for the Capone mob, regularly collecting shipments of narcotics. Ness had been observing Tornek for some time and when he misses picking up a drug delivery, he's soon on to Mrs. Tornek who has already received the ransom demand. She works with Ness but Fletcher is soon on to them and they nab her brother, Eric Vajda. The case gets complicated when Capone's top enforcer, Frank Nitti, starts to negotiate for Vajda's release. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Werner Klemperer...on "The Untouchables"?!
1 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Werner Klemperer certainly is not the sort of guy you'd expect to see on "The Untouchables"...but it's still a very good episode.

This episode is set in Detroit, home of the infamous Purple Gang (also of "Jailhouse Rock" fame, by the way). This mob was famous for killings, bootlegging and much more...but their biggest claim to fame were their kidnappings. However, in a twist that makes ZERO sense, the leader of the Purples, Eddie (Steven Cochran), decides to kidnap a member of the Nitti/Capone mob--something that never would have happened in real life. Despite this, it's still a very entertaining show because of the acting of Cochran and because of all the action. Enjoyable but like so many episodes, the stories actually take HUGE liberties with the truth and should never be seen as history lessons.


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