The Lawless Years

Crime drama which ran on NBC for parts of three seasons from 1959-61. The show was based on the memoirs of Barney Ruditsky, a former New York City police detective who was a member of their so-called "Gangster Squad." It detailed his battle against organized crime elements in the 1920's and 1930's. The real life Ruditsky was still alive at the time the series was filmed and served as a technical advisor for the show. James Gregory played Ruditsky and Robert Karnes played his partner, Max Fields. Unfortunately for The Lawless Years it was overshadowed by another series with a similar theme, The Untouchables, and only lasted for 47 episodes.

Episode Info

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The rival gangs of Dutch Schultz and Lepke Buchalter vie for possession of an inventor's stink bomb.

James GregoryJames Gregory
As Barney Ruditsky
Robert KarnesRobert Karnes
As Max Fields
Robert KarnesRobert Karnes
As Max Fields


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Producer: Jack Chertok
Editor: John Baxter Rogers
Casting: Ralph Acton
Set Decorator: Henry Grace
Production Coordinator: Milton Trager
Director of Photography: William Margulies
Art Director: George W. Davis, Merrill Pye
Program Consultant: Barney Ruditsky
Production Executive: Harry Poppe

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Recurring Guests

John Dennis as Dutch Schultz (18 eps)
Brad Trumbull as Sweeney (17 eps)
Norman Alden as Lulu Rosenkrantz (15 eps)
Stanley Adams as Wales (14 eps)
Carol Eve Rossen as Anna Kassoff (14 eps)
John Vivyan as Lepke Buchalter (13 eps)
Milton Frome as Captain McCloskey (11 eps)
Henry Corden as Waxey Gordon (11 eps)
Joseph Mell as Charile Endra (10 eps)
Paul Richards as Louis Kassoff (10 eps)

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