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The Untouchables: The Lily Dallas Story

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.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x21
Airdate: Thursday March 16th, 1961

Director: Don Medford
Story: Harry Essex
Teleplay: Leonard Kantor


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Special Guest Stars
Larry ParksLarry Parks
As George "Blackie" Dallas

Guest Stars
Norma CraneNorma Crane
As Lily Dallas
Recurring
Linda WatkinsLinda Watkins
As Mrs. Murphy
Recurring
Ed NelsonEd Nelson
As Marty Stokes
Recurring
Dabbs GreerDabbs Greer
As Thomas Randall
Recurring
Joe LoPrestiJoe LoPresti
As Pete Appleby
Judy StrangisJudy Strangis
As Arlene
June VincentJune Vincent
As Mrs. Randall
Vicki RaafVicki Raaf
As Margie (as Vici Raaf)

Uncredited
Bess FlowersBess Flowers
As Party Guest
Danielle de MetzDanielle de Metz
As Danielle
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
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

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...

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Episode Notes
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.

Location: Chicago



Episode Quotes
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.



Episode References
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.



Analysis
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.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
ProducerJosef Shaftel
Associate ProducerLloyd Richards
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
HairstylistAnnabell
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Property MasterAllan Levine
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorHarry Fried
Production SupervisorArgyle Nelson
Art DirectorRolland M. Brooks  |  William Glasgow
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorElmo Veron
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorSergei Petschnikoff
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 2 episode 21 guide may contain spoilers
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