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The Untouchables: The Big Train (1)

Al Capone is sentenced to eleven years in prison for income tax evasion. After arriving in the Atlanta Penitentiary, Big Al soon comes to own the joint. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., plans are being made to contruct a new superprison located on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay with the idea being to knock the ego out of the big time convicts who act like they own the joint even though they're locked up in prison. Capone is one of the first inmates slated to be shipped to Alcatraz. Needless to say, the prospect of Alcatraz doesn't sit well with Capone so he begins making plans to escape from the train which is scheduled to transport him west to "the Rock."

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x12
Airdate: Thursday January 05th, 1961

Director: John Peyser
Writer: William Speir

Special Guest Stars
Neville BrandNeville Brand
As Al Capone

Guest Stars
Bruce Gordon (1)Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Frank LondonFrank London
As Benny Marcus
Gavin MacLeodGavin MacLeod
As Three-Fingered Jack White
George N. NeiseGeorge N. Neise
As Archie Devlin
Lalo RiosLalo Rios
As Tony Diaz
Lewis CharlesLewis Charles
As Joe Gianbatista
Paul BrucePaul Bruce
As Levine
Richard CarlyleRichard Carlyle
As Everett Lafferty
Robert F. SimonRobert F. Simon
As Homer S. Cummings
Russ ConwayRuss Conway
As Warden Hubbard

Jay WarrenJay Warren
As Genardo DeMarco
Kenner G. KempKenner G. Kemp
As Congressman
Richard BakalyanRichard Bakalyan
As Prisoner Who Stabs Capone
Gregg PalmerGregg Palmer
As Paul DeMarco
John CasonJohn Cason
As Geller
Keith Richards (1)Keith Richards (1)
As Committee Chairman
Louise LorimerLouise Lorimer
As Congresswoman Kahn
Russell ThorsonRussell Thorson
As Agent Ferguson
Ted KnightTed Knight
As Congressman
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel FernándezAbel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Steve LondonSteve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator


On October 17, 1931, Al Capone was found guilty of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in the penitentiary. On May 3, 1932, after months of legal delays, Capone was taken from the Cook County Jail to the Dearborn Station where he was to catch a train bound for the Atlanta Federal Prison. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables provide security for the detail. A huge crowd greets Capone at the train station. One man yells out, "You'll own the joint! You'll be a king!" This statement worries Eliot Ness...

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Episode Notes
Neville Brand made his only appearance of the regular series as Al Capone in this two-part episode dealing with Capone's incarceration at Atlanta and Alcatraz.

This two-part episode was edited and released theatrically as The Alcatraz Express.

Gregg Palmer would later co-star with Untouchables regulars Bruce Gordon and Nicholas Georgiade in the 1966 comedy Run, Buddy, Run.

Locations: Chicago, Atlanta

Episode Quotes
Capone: Nitti thinks! Nitti thinks! Nitti thinks! I'll tell Nitt when to think!

White: (to Lafferty about the dead body of Ravetch) Pretty, ain't he?

Capone: Well, here I go. Eleven years. The government says I gotta do it so I gotta do it. I ain't sore at nobody. Not even you, Ness.
Ness: That's mighty big of you.

Capone: (about the size of the crowd at the train station) Jeez, you'd think it was Mussolini passin' through.

Capone: (about Ness) AIn't that a laugh? A man gets the drop on Capone and I don't even know what he looks like.

Capone: (to the Untouchables regarding the child who brought him food for the train) This kid's one of my mob. He's sneakin' me a Tommy gun.

Capone: (to White and Gianbatista) You boys sure helped make it a nice birthday.

Gianbatista: (to Ravetch) We got room for just so many partners and you ain't one, friend.

Hood: (about Marcus) Don't you want us to pick him up?
Nitti: Oh, you pick him up all right only he don't go with you. He don't go no place.

Episode Goofs
The narration states that Capone was a 33 year old Neapolitan immigrant. Not true. Capone was born in Brooklyn, not Italy in 1899. His parents had immigrated to the United States four years earlier.

Al Capone finally re-appears and it's in a block buster of an episode. Things really get hot for the Untouchables when they learn of a plot by Al Capone to escape from a train taking him to Alcatraz. It there's one flaw in this one it's that Frank Nitti doesn't get enough screen time but that really doesn't hurt things too much.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
ProducerJosef Shaftel
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorHarry Fried
ComposerNelson Riddle
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