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The Untouchables: The Big Train (2)

Eliot Ness and the Untouchables discover an insidious plan to free Al Capone from the train taking him westward to imprisonment on Alcatraz. They then race to the small California town of Cloverdale where Capone is scheduled to be freed from the train by a group of Western gangsters hired by Frank Nitti.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x13
Airdate: Thursday January 12th, 1961

Director: John Peyser
Writer: William Speir

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Special Guest Stars
Neville Brand
As Al Capone

Guest Stars
Ben Wright
As Seth Gordon
Eddie Firestone
As Fred Noonan
Gavin MacLeod
As Three-Fingered Jack White
Lalo Rios
As Tony Diaz
Lewis Charles
As Joe Gianbatista
Paul Bruce
As Levine
Richard Carlyle
As Everett Lafferty
Russ Conway
As Warden Hubbard
James Westerfield
As Eric "the Swede" Hovick
William Schallert
As Edward Garth

Mack Williams (1)
As Doctor on Train
William Challee
As Jed Ryan
Charles Lane
As Clerk at Alcatraz
Pete Kellett
As Guard
Robert Foulk
As Sheriff
Ron Hagerthy
As Handsome Johnny Rollins
Main Cast
Robert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Steve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Walter Winchell
As Narrator


At 2:30 a.m. on August 19, 1934, the Big Train is backed into the prison yard of the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. 54 hardened criminals, including Al Capone and his cellmate, Tony Diaz, are herded onto the train, given leg shackles, and told to put them on. At 5:00 a.m., right on schedule the train departs for its cross-country journey to take the prisoners to Alcatraz...

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Episode Notes
The basic storyline for this episode appears to be borrowed from the 1954 suspense drama Suddenly starring Frank Sinatra and Sterling Hayden. In that movie gangsters took over a small California town in order to assassinate the President of the United States whose train was scheduled to make a brief stop there. Here, the gangsters take over a small California town in order to free Al Capone from a train taking him to Alcatraz when the train is scheduled to make a brief stop in the town.

Locations: Chicago, Salt Lake City, Cloverdale CA, Alcatraz

Episode Quotes
Hobson: (about Capone) The Napoleon of crime.
Ness: He ended up on an island too.

Narrator: There are no big shots on the Rock!

Sheriff: Can I see your credentials, please?
Hovick: Well now, Sheriff, I guess we just plum forgot to bring 'em.

Episode Goofs
Ben Wright's character is referred to as Seth Gordon in the dialogue and Victor Gordon in the narration.

As in Part 1, it's wrongly stated in the dialogue that Capone was born in Italy when he was actually born in Brooklyn.

This one is a bit more pedestrian than Part 1 but it's still an enjoyable ride for the most part. An epic shoot out climaxes the episode.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
ProducerJosef Shaftel
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorHarry Fried
ComposerNelson Riddle
Warning: The Untouchables season 2 episode 13 guide may contain spoilers
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