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The Lawless Years: Four the Hard Way

Ruditsky warns visiting high roller Big Ziggy to get out of town but before he can hit the road he get roped into a crooked poker game with three cardsharps.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x13
Airdate: Thursday July 23rd, 1959

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Guest Stars
John Vivyan
As Big Ziggy
Jack Kruschen
As Laughing Boy
Dick Wilson (2)
As Game Boy Miles
Brad Trumbull
As O'Neill
Harry Arnie
As Benny
Lou Herbert
As Titanic Thompson
Main Cast
James Gregory
As Barney Ruditsky
Episode Notes
John Vivyan makes his first appearance on the series in this episode. He would later become a recurring player in the role of notorious mobster Lepke Buchalter.

Titanic Thompson was a real life gambler who was said to be the model for the character of Sky Masterson in the hit Broadway musical Guys and Dolls.

Episode Quotes
Ziggy: There are worse things than losing money.

Ruditsky: You know, Ziggy, some people don't like goodbyes. I do.

Ruditsky: (to Ziggy) You got a date to keep tomorrow. If you don't you'll be a guest of the State in a nice, clean cell.

Ziggy: A very fine philosopher once said that everything changes except death and taxes.
Ruditsky: And Ruditsky.

Ruditsky: (about Ziggy) He'd been told he'd live longer if he stayed outta New York. Rothstein told him. I told him.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerJack Chertok
EditorJohn Baxter Rogers
CastingRalph Acton
Production CoordinatorMilton Trager
Program ConsultantBarney Ruditsky
Warning: The Lawless Years season 1 episode 13 guide may contain spoilers
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