On March 4, 1933, the city of Chicago is getting ready for the World's Fair aka the "Century of Progress." The three wealthy Endicott brothers, joint holders of numerous franchises at the upcoming World's Fair are bumped off in one night. Restauranteur Gus Dmytryk goes to the Licensing Commission and applies for the rights to the Endicott's franchises: three nightclubs on the Midway and five other concessions. It ain't the road to the poorhouse...Read the full recap
This is one of two episodes where the 1933 Chicago World's Fair was mentioned. The other was The Unhired Assassin.
This is the only episode in which the three most frequent recurring players, Frank Nitti, Beecher Asbury, and Captain Johnson, all appear together.
Pat Hingle would return once more in Season Four's Junk Man.
Jeanne Cooper would appear again in Season Four's One Last Killing.
Nitti: Ness loses this case and he's the last man in the breadline.
Cagle: (after being revealed) Hiya, Grandin.
Grandin: And Dmytryk, don't keep in touch.
Grandin: (after handing Dmytryk $50,000) Sorry to have to throw a little dirt on your good name, my friend.
Dmytryk: At these prices you can throw all the dirt you want.
Grandin: Just sit tight friend.
Cagle: Like a drum, friend.
Hobson: I tell you one good thing about this case.
Ness: What's that?
Hobson: It's not ours.
Grandin: Thanks for the bouquet, Mrs. Halvorsen, but I didn't come here for some flowers. I came here to maybe pull out a weed.
Ness: All right, Cagle, you're a great jailhouse lawyer.
In this one Ness goes up against another foe who isn't a gangster but rather a seemingly respected civic leader who had three men "bumped" off so that he could snatch up franchises for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Here, Ness has to square off against both Frank Nitti and some of Chicago's so-called "better element" in order to save his name. Classic scene: where Nitti announces to Mitchell Grandin that they're going into business together.