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The Untouchables: The Genna Brothers

The blood-stained Genna brothers are a nasty bunch. Forcing their fellow Italian immigrants to make whiskey for them is their main operation but they're also involved in smuggling, kidnapping, and murder.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x4
Airdate: Thursday November 02nd, 1961

Director: Paul Wendkos
Writer: Harry Kronman


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Guest Stars
Marc Lawrence (1)
As Mike Genna
Recurring
Antony Carbone
As Angelo Genna
Recurring
Frank Puglia
As Carlo Giovanni
Recurring
Arlene Martel
As Stella Giovanni (as Arline Sax)
Recurring
Steve Gravers
As Tony Genna
Recurring
Eugene Iglesias
As Emilio
Recurring
Grant Richards
As Frankie Resko
Recurring
A.G. Vitanza
As Cooker
Recurring
William Tannen
As Cop
Recurring
Peter Coe
As Flipper
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

Recap

In the years following World War I, there was a flood of European immigrants into the United States. Among these immigrants were the six Genna brothers, place of origin, Sicily, who settled in Chicago. The Gennas were a nasty bunch and within a few years were the ruling ganglords of Little Italy, a large Italian neighborhood in Chicago. Smuggling illegal aliens and forcing them to make booze in small, homemade stills located in their homes was one of the Genna tricks. These homemade stills produced over 40,000 gallons a month much of which was earmarked for Al Capone...

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Episode Notes
Although no date is ever given in the narration for when the events in this episode take place we have to assume it's one of the earliest dates in show history timeline wise because Al Capone is mentioned in the dialogue as being at large and active

The storyline in this one about gangsters forcing poor immigrants to make whiskey for them bears a great deal of similarity to Season Two's Augie "the Banker" Ciamino.

Arlene Martel is billed as Arlene Sax, her maiden name.

Location: Chicago



Episode Quotes
Ness: (to Angelo) Do me a favor, Genna. Run.

Mike: You know who we are?
Rico: Yeah, the Genna brothers. One rat with six heads.

Hobson: Where I grew up everybody spoke it. You had to speak Italian or move.

Mike: (to Resco about Capone) We don't tell him how to sell his whiskey; he don't tell us how to make it.

Tony: I don't like you hit a cop.
Angelo: Maybe I'm supposed to stand there and let him hit me.



Analysis
Kind of a flat episode that combines the woeful historical inaccuracy of Season One with the cartoonish villains of Season Four. Despite these flaws, it does contain very good opening and closing scenes.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlan A. Armer
ProducerLloyd Richards
Associate ProducerVincent McEveety
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
HairstylistAnna Malin
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterKenneth L. Westcott
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorDel Reisman
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorRolland M. Brooks  |  Howard Hollander
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorRoss Taylor
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorRobert Watts
ResearcherKellam De Forest
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorBud Grace
Sound EngineerS.G. Haughton
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJerry Thorpe
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 3 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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