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January 16, 1935. Oklawaha, Florida. Eliot Ness and his men are in a vicious gun battle with Arizona Kate "Ma" Barker and her murderous brood. As the battle rages, flashbacks reveal how the Barker boys got involved in lives of crime and how Ma nurtured and encouraged their criminal ways.
Thursday October 22nd, 1959
Special Guest StarsGuest StarsUncredited
January 16, 1935. The tiny hamlet of Oklawaha, Florida located on Lake Weir. Eliot Ness and a group of law enforcement officials including fellow Untouchables Martin Flaherty and Bill Youngfellow surround a house occupied by Arizona Kate "Ma" Barker and her two sons, Lloyd and Fred. They are wanted for such diverse crimes as bank robbing, kidnapping, and murder. ..Read the full recap
This is the only episode of the series where flashbacks are used.
Robert Stack and Claire Trevor had previously appeared together in the 1954 disaster flick The High and the Mighty.
Rico and Rossman do not appear in this episode. Ness, Flaherty, and Youngfellow carry the load for the good guys.
Locations: Tulsa, Chicago, Minneapolis, Oklawaha, FL
Eloise: (after the Feds burst in) Happy birthday, Doc!
Narrator: WIthout Ma there to do his thinkin' for him, Doc was on his own. And on his own, he pulled a bone.
Ness: Come on outta there! We don't want any trouble!
Ma Barker: We're the Barkers! You'll never get us!
Ma Barker: (concerning the Feds marksmanship) They're plum tuckered out! They can't hit the broad side of a barn!
Neighbor: But Mrs. Clark goes to church with me on Sundays.
Ness: She's the most dangerous woman in the country today.
Ma Barker: I'm not a woman that nags a family to death.
Ma Barker: (to Pa) There's nothing wrong with our boys except high spirits.
Pa Barker: They're lyin' again. If I had any gumption I'd get my razor strap.
Ma Barker: Don't be stupid. They'd wallop the tar outta you.
In real life, Lloyd Barker was serving a prison sentence during the time in which the events mentioned in this episode took place. He was never part of the infamous gang with his mother and brothers.
One reason this episode is mediocre at best in my opinion is the over the top performance by Claire Trevor as Ma Barker. In fact, there's an excellent chance that Shelley Winters parodied Trevor's performance when she appeared on Batman as "Ma Parker."