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Ness and the Untouchables investigate the kidnapping of millionaire building contractor Thomas B. Randall by a gang headed up by Lily Dallas. Lily, once a gun moll to Legs Diamond, is as psychotic and ruthless as they come.
Thursday March 16th, 1961
Special Guest StarsGuest StarsUncredited
On April 11, 1932, millionaire building contractor Thomas B. Randall is throwing a party on his Chicago estate. He's unaware that he's the target of a kidnapping plot. Four men break into the estate. They are: ex-bootlegger George "Blackie" Dallas, bank heist expert Marty Stokes, former Purple Ganger Pete Appleby, and a strongarm man named Jiggs. They kill a security guard and snatch Randall but warn his wife not to call the police or her husband is dead. The mastermind behind this kidnapping is Lilly Dallas, the wife of Blackie Dallas. Lilly is a former gun moll to the notorious Jack "Legs" Diamond and recently released from prison after serving 5 years for armed robbery. She's as dangerous and ruthless as they come...Read the full recap
The characters of Blackie and Lily Dallas are based upon George "Machine Gun" Kelly and his wife Kathryn who drew life sentences for the kidnapping of Oklahoma City oilman Charles Urschel in 1933. Kelly would later become friends with Al Capone when the two were serving their prison sentences together at Alcatraz. Kathryn Kelly would be paroled in the late 1950's and disappear into obscurity while her husband died in his cell at Leavenworth Prison of a heart attack.
Ed Nelson would return in Gang War and Line of Fire.
Lilly:(to Mrs. Murphy) Why don't you crawl inside a bottle and cork it?
Lilly: (to Marty) I hope I didn't let the air out of your tires.
Blackie: Who you goin' out with, Lilly?
Lilly: It's Charlie Chaplin. He wants to put me in pictures.
Blackie: I'm footin' the bills. Lilly's out.
Mrs. Murphy: Why not? She'd probably be glad to get rid of us.
Lilly: (to Marty) We need a bank job like we need to grow tails.
It's mentioned in the dialogue that Lily Dallas was once the mistress of notorious gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond. Interestingly enough, the actress portraying her (Norma Crane) had earlier portrayed the wife of Diamond in The Jack "Legs" Diamond Story.
At times it appears that Ed Nelson is trying out for the role of The Joker on Batman with that silly grin he wears on his face for most of the episode. Throw in the fact that Norma Crane's performance is way too over the top and it lowers things somewhat. We do, however, have a solid script and an excellent performance from Larry Parks.