The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Genna Brothers 

Within a few short years of their arrival in the USA, the 6 Genna brothers have firmly establish themselves in Chicago's criminal community. Established in Chicago's Little Italy, they ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Oscar Fraley (book), Harry Kronman | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Marc Lawrence ... Mike Genna
Antony Carbone ... Angelo Genna
Frank Puglia ... Carlo Giovanni
Arlene Martel ... Stella Giovanni (as Arline Sax)
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Steve Gravers ... Tony Genna
Eugene Iglesias ... Emilio
Peter Coe ... Flipper
Grant Richards ... Frankie Resko
A.G. Vitanza A.G. Vitanza ... Cooker
William Tannen ... Cop
Walter Winchell ... Narrator (voice)
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Within a few short years of their arrival in the USA, the 6 Genna brothers have firmly establish themselves in Chicago's criminal community. Established in Chicago's Little Italy, they provide the Capone empire with illicit liquor that they have produced through a network of home distilleries that may only produce one gallon a day each. They also smuggle illegal aliens into the country and hold the threat of returning them to the old country if they don't do what they're told. Eliot Ness and his men have been trying to break up the Gennas network, but it has proved difficult to do as they can only find a few bottles at a time. With the help of a respected member of the local community, Carlo Giovanni, they try to get more information about the illegal operations. When the youngest Genna brother takes an interest in Giovanni's daughter, Ness moves in leading to a showdown with the family members. Written by garykmcd

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Eliot Ness: [Agent Rossi, after a formerly helpful witness deserts them, nearly breaks the squad car's door by slamming it] Don't take it out on the car, Rico!
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Genna Family Values
25 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Untouchables managed to get involved with every known criminal with some kind of reputation in the lore of gangland. That is according to the TV series. However here it was a bit much because the Gennas were involved in the early years of the 20s before Al Capone emerged as the gangland kingpin of Chicago. The Untouchables were not even an idea at that point.

From 1921 to 1925 the six Genna brothers maintained a tight control over Chicago's Little Italy and what you see about the way they had the immigrants many of whom were illegal distilling the whiskey. The rest is all nonsense. One of them hit Dion O'Bannion and in turn was gunned down by Bugs Moran. Two were killed and the other three fled Chicago and drifted into obscurity.

Marc Lawrence is a mean and nasty Mike Genna head of the clan. Normally I let the lack of truth in The Untouchables stories go, but this one was a bit much.

Besides that having both Paul Picerni and Nicholas Georgiade as part of The Untouchables at that point is a real lack of continuity. They both joined the squad and the series after the show took off. By all rights Jerry Paris as Robert Stack's number 2 should have been brought back for this episode.

Continuity was not a strong suit for The Untouchables series.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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