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Comic Johnny Paycheck makes a deal with mobster Jim Harrington in order to advance his career. But Johnny soon discovers that the price he might have to pay is way too steep.
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In the summer of 1933 with Prohibition nearing its end the mobs were branching out into other enterprises but still seeking ways to get rid of their excess supply of booze. Big Jim Harrington intimidates Benny Hoff, owner of the Blue Poodle nightclub, into buying only from him and giving him 75% ownership of the club. Benny, a timid sort, has no choice but to agree especially when Harrington's hood, a pyromaniac named Loxie, threatens to torch him. ..Read the full recap
Though The Untouchables is often though of as a show about enforcing the Prohibition laws during that era, this episode is one of only two Season One entries where bootlegging is the subject. The other, which aired late in the season, was Portrait of a Thief.
Phyllis Coates would return in The Frank Nitti Story and A Fist of Five.
Ted de Corsia would return in Come and Kill Me.
Harrington: (after trashing Benny's place) Benny, Benny, what a waste. If this keeps up you won't stay in business.
Loxie: (to Benny) I think his act stinks. That's what I say.
Johnny: Yeah, but you'll laugh everytime the boss does.
Harrington: Funny man don't make me laugh no more.
One wonders if the late, great country singer Johnny Paycheck once watched this episode and took his stage moniker from its lead protagonist.
There's quite a bit wrong with this episode (a lot of pathos, cardboard villains, lack of screen time for the Untouchables) but there's one thing that saves it: a brilliant performance from guest star Cameron Mitchell. It's one of the best of the series and makes Ain't We Got Fun? well worth watching.