The Lawless Years

Season 2 Episode 1

The Al Brown Story

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 1959 on NBC
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The Al Brown Story
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Ambitious small-time hood Al Brown starts working for gangster Frankie Yale and soon starts using Yale's men to do his personal dirty work. This includes blowing up a cleaners run by a blind man. While Ruditsky turns up the heat, Yale grows tired of the upstart's ambition and, like Barney, soon wants Al to leave town permanently. Brown will soon make his mark using his real last name: Capone.moreless

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  • Works pretty well on two levels, as a stand-alone tale of the rise of a criminal and as a foreshadowing of things to come.

    7.4
    A New York punk begins his career in the mobs.



    Another example of the strength of the short format of "The Lawless Years", this episode makes a lot of corner sets and narration, weaving an entire story quickly and still tossing in a surprise for many at the end. Quick cuts to flaming mail trucks, exploding cars, and bombed storefronts add a little jazz visually.



    What remains is a cautionary tale of how a fat young hoodlum begins his life of crime - starting as a shakedown man, moving up under a local named Frankie Yale, getting too big for his organization, and as the ending reveals, going on to become one of the most infamous heads of organized crime ever known.



    Scenes move fast here, but the characterizations are generally good, Yale is portrayed as believable, the blind cigar store owner is also fun to watch. Because of time, James Gregory is forced to make Ruditsky into an idealogue with all the answers, but the writing pulls short of making him insufferable. An example of a solid half hour of television.moreless
Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Walt Page

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Robert Ellenstein

Robert Ellenstein

Frankie Yale

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Jack Weston

Jack Weston

Al Brown

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Robert Karnes

Robert Karnes

Max Fields

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