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Former mob accountant William Norbert is slated to testify against mobster Luigi Renaldo. Due to delays and postponements, Ness and his men are forced to shuttle Norbert across the country in order to protect him from Renaldo's gunmen who are out to silence him at any cost.
Thursday January 14th, 1960
Special Guest StarsGuest StarsUncredited
1934. Though Al Capone was safely locked up in prison many of his former associates were still active in organized crime circles. One such associate was Luigi Renaldo who runs his illegal activities through a front called Midwest Enterprises. When Renaldo's accountant, William Norbert, discovers that the company is nothing but a front for illegal activities he decides he wants out. Renaldo agrees to let him go and then goes to Florida on some mob business leaving triggerman Paolo Rienzi in charge. Rienzi impulsively has Norbert beaten up. He isn't the brightest bulb in the box...Read the full recap
This episode features perhaps the most unusual undercover assignment in series history when Agent Youngfellow does duty as a flagpole sitting clown.
Marc Lawrence, who seemingly made a career out of playing mobsters, would return in The Genna Brothers and Blues for a Gone Goose.
Locations: Chicago, Kansas City, Woodland, IL
Rienzi: Paper says it's hot in Florida.
Renaldo: Make sure it don't get too hot here.
Narrator: Wherever the take was big, the crime syndicate was there.
Renaldo: Everytime something happens in Chicago they come running to Luigi.
Renaldo: They got nothing on Luigi. I'm 100% legit.
It's stated in the closing narration that former Capone lieutenant Luigi Renaldo was imporisoned at Alcatraz. In real life, this would not have been the case because the government took special care to send former associates of Al Capone to other prisons.
A shocking scene where a young child is run over by a car and Agent Youngfellow's undercover stint as a clown are the highlights of this Season One entry. The climactic scene where the Renaldo mob is rounded up is also well worth watching.