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Ness goes after racketeer Johnny Fortunato who has been fixing prizefights. Ness's old high school chum, Frankie Barber, who now owns a sports arena, offers to lend a hand but he might have ulterior motives.
Thursday April 21st, 1960
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Mobster Johnny Fortunato is acquitted on racketeering charges when the chief witness against him commits suicide. Eliot Ness, who had been working like a dog on the case, is depressed and down-hearted with the result. He decides to get a late supper at a diner where he runs into old high school chum Frankie Barber. The two men swap war stories about their glory days on the high school athletic fields. Barber informs Ness that he's now the owner of the Chicago Sports Palace and invites Ness to a boxing match...Read the full recap
This episode was originally entitled Bullets from Heaven.
Madlyn Rhue would return in Season Two's The Tommy Karpeles Story.
Barber: This Prohibition has made big men out of scum, and vice versa.
Fortunato: You think because you're Federal, you're big. Well, let me tell you somethin---this ain't Federal, this is Chicago!
The sport of Roller Derby is mentioned here but it wasn't invented until 1935 and this episode appears to take place a few years earlier although no exact date is ever given.
Don't even bother. Burn your copy of this episode. At best Head of Fire, Feet of Clay ranks as a great cure for insomnia. At worst, it gives off a stench that can never completely be fumigated. If you can sit through it all, you've definitely earned a medal.