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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

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Special Guest Stars
Luther Adler
As Charlie Zenko

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

John Davis Chandler
As Machine Gunner
John Mitchum
As Brewery Worker
Steven Benson
As Newspaper Boy
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
Walter 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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