In March of 1935, the toughest mobster in New York City is Arthur Phlegenheimer, aka Dutch Schultz. But there are some chinks in the Dutchman's criminal empire. Lucky Luciano has begun muscling into his territory undercutting him on protection money. Dutch strikes back having his two hoods, Lulu Rosenkrantz and Abe Landau, blind Joe Flores with acid in the face because he was paying 15% protection to Luciano instead of the 30% that Dutch had been charging him. Dutch then hurries off to the hospital where his wife, Vera, has just given birth to their daughter. Mrs. Schultz tells the nurse that her husband is a very gentle man...Read the full recap
This episode, which ends on October 24, 1935, is the last in time sequence on the show.
Robert Carricart would appear twice more as Lucky Luciano in Season Two's Jack "Legs" Diamond and Season Three's Pressure. Carricart would appear as other characters in Hammerlock and Globe of Death.
It's interesting that the Marion Ross character is the only one in the episode who referes to Dutch Schultz by his real first name, Arthur. Years later, her character would also be the only one on Happy Days to refer to Fonzie by his real first name which also was Arthur.
David White, who plays a mob lawyer in this episode, would appear again in the Season Two premiere, The Rusty Heller Story, where he also played a mob lawyer.
Location: New York City, Newark, Clearview, NY
Margaret Field, playing a blackmail victim of Dutch Schultz, is the mother of Academy Award winning actress Sally Field.
Schultz: (about Luciano) He's a punk. I could buy every monkey he's got working for him.
Flaherty: Only fitty bucks a week. A salesman don't make that kinda money.
Schultz: Maybe you won't last the week.
Schultz: I thought you said he could be softened up.
Abe: We figure maybe its time you find out what makes him so tough.
Schultz: (to Flores) Maybe Luciano will buy you a white cane.
Schultz: You don't look so tough to me.
Flaherty: I'm not trying to sell you a policy slip.
Ness: Doesn't take you long to find out about things, does it?
Schultz: Not in this town, it doesn't.
Many of the events in this episode would also come into play in E. L. Doctorow's novel, BIlly Bathgate, which was made into a film starring Dustin Hoffman as Dutch Schultz.
This episode is dominated by Lawrence Dobkin's in your face performance as Dutch Schultz. It's a shame that Dobkin and his character (who dies at the end of the episode) only rose from the dead once (and that would be just a cameo). We also get nice bits from familiar TV faces Marion Ross and David White. Well worth watching and one of the top episodes of Season One in my book.