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After learning that he's dying from leukemia, mobster Charlie Radick makes a deal with Ness. He'll turnover all of his records provided that Ness find his missing daughter, Margaret. It's up to Lt. Agatha Stewart of the Missing Persons Bureau to track down Margaret in order to prevent a possible gang war from breaking out.
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In 1929, gangland boss Charlie Radick discovers that he's dying of leukemia. All the other ganglords in Chicago will be vying for chunks of his empire. A major gang war might break out. Eliot Ness knows this and goes to Radick and asks for his records and contacts. Radick agrees provided that Ness finds his missing daughter, Margaret. Years ago, when Radick was in prison he left his daughter with a couple, the Myersons. Three years before she ran away from their home but they still took Radick's monthly support checks. ..Read the full recap
This episode and its companion episode, Search for a Dead Man, served as pilots for a proposed spin-off series starring Barbara Stanwyck which never came about. The series was to have been called The Seekers.
This marks the only episode of the early Season Four entries where Frank Nitti's name was mentioned until he re-emerged in The Speculator.
This episode had to have been a bit shocking when it first aired with the revelation that Margaret Radick had given birth to an illegitimate child and the strong hint that she had been abused by her foster parents.
Peggy Ann Garner would return in Giant Killer.
Locations: Chicago, Evanston IL
Radick: (to the Myersons after discovering that they've been taking his support checks after his daughter left their home) You dirty scum!
Radick: (to the Myersons about killing them) It still could happen. You dream on that. Both of you.
Radick: Why do I care what happens to me?
Ness: You're a dead man, Radick. Whadda you got to lose?
Lt. Stewart: So far we've been going by the book and we've been batting zero.
Benson: (to woman) A runaway husband is not considered a missing person.
Edward Asner is mistakenly billed as Edward Asher in the ending credits.
This is the first of two episodes featuring Barbara Stanwyck as Lt. Agatha Stewart of the Missing Persons Bureau. Though it's talky and there's not much action, it does contain a couple of powerful scenes. I defy anyone not to shed a tear during the scene in the hospital where Charlie Radick and his daughter are reunited.