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The North Side beer wars are on. Charlie Zenko appears to emerge as the winner when he has competitors Woody O'Meara and Franz Koenig blown up and arrested respectively. But an unexpected source sent by the New York syndicate comes to Koenig's rescue---it's Zenko's own son, Larry.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x17
Airdate: Thursday March 01st, 1962

Special Guest Stars
Luther AdlerLuther Adler
As Charlie Zenko

Guest Stars
Collin WilcoxCollin Wilcox
As Ann Gratzner
Mort MillsMort Mills
As Woody O'Mara
Oscar BeregiOscar Beregi
As Joe Kulak
Christine CarterChristine Carter
As Shimmy Dancer (as Chris Carter)
Bruno VeSotaBruno VeSota
As Defense Attorney
Robert LoggiaRobert Loggia
As Leo Mencken / Larry Zenko
John BannerJohn Banner
As Franz Koenig
William BryantWilliam Bryant
As Prosecutor

John Davis ChandlerJohn Davis Chandler
As Machine Gunner
John MitchumJohn Mitchum
As Brewery Worker
Steven BensonSteven Benson
As Newspaper Boy
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


In October of 1932, the North Side beer wars are ready to begin. There are three competitors who own breweries that produce non-alcoholic or "near beer." The three competitors are: Woody O'Meara, Charlie Zenko, and Franz Koenig. O'Meara fires the first shot when he gets his girlfriend, Ann Gratzner, to blow the whistle on her boss who happens to be Koenig. ..

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Episode Notes
John Banner appears to be preparing for his role as Sgt. Schultz on Hogan's Heroes as witnessed by his courtroom scene in this episode.

The set for Charlie Zenko's speakeasy in this episode would be used again in the following episode The Stryker Brothers.

Collin Wilcox would return in Pressure.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Ness: Strange place to store a fully loaded truck, Mr. Koenig.

Koenig: I'm a brewmaster not a hoodlum!

Zenko: I like to drink to the health of my enemies. That way they don't come back.

Ann: I won't be bought, Mr. Zenko.

Episode References
The car bombing of Woody O'Meara in this episode by Charlie Zenko is mentioned again in Season Four's A Taste for Pineapple.

Great cast of guest stars here with the likes of Luther Adler, Robert Loggia, John Banner, Collin Wilcox, and Leonard Nimoy. So how come the episode itself limps along like a three-legged llama much of the way? Sometimes even a great guest cast can't pull an episode out of the doldrums completely.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlan A. Armer
ProducerDel Reisman
Associate ProducerVincent McEveety
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
HairstylistJane Chabra
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterKenneth L. Westcott
Director of PhotographyGlen MacWilliams
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorHoward Hollander  |  Rolland M. Brooks
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorBen Ray
ResearcherKellam De Forest
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorBud Grace
Sound EngineerS.G. Haughton
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJerry Thorpe
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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