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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.
Thursday November 02nd, 1961
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...Read the full recap
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.
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.
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.