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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

Special Guest Stars
Neville BrandNeville Brand
As Al Capone

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

Mack Williams (1)Mack Williams (1)
As Doctor on Train
William ChalleeWilliam Challee
As Jed Ryan
Charles LaneCharles Lane
As Clerk at Alcatraz
Pete KellettPete Kellett
As Guard
Robert FoulkRobert Foulk
As Sheriff
Ron HagerthyRon Hagerthy
As Handsome Johnny Rollins
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


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
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