The Untouchables

Season 2 Episode 2

Jack "Legs" Diamond

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Oct 20, 1960 on ABC
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Jack "Legs" Diamond

Mobster Jack Diamond is drawing heat from his fellow gang leaders because of publicity his open lifestyle is bringing to the mafia. They order him to stop and take a vacation and Ness uses this opportunity to go send in someone undercover and find out the source of the mob's narcotics.


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  • Not bad but not great either

    Jack "Legs" Diamond is not a bad episode but it has a few things wrong with it. For one I thought Steven Hill was miscast as Diamond. The character looks and acts more like an arrogant fraternity boy than a notorious gangster. Fortunately, Hill would redeem himself with a marvelous performance in Season Three's Downfall. The second thing wrong with this episode was the fact that they brought back Lawrence Dobkin as Dutch Schultz and gave him nothing but a cameo. That's like having Barry Sanders in your backfield and using him to block.

    As for the pluses you have Norma Crane who gave her best performance out of three appearances as the alcoholic and slatternly Alice Diamond. Crane was a theatrical and over the top actress but for this particular character being over the top works. Peter Whitney, as Big Bill Swinney, also gives a good performance as does Suzanne Storrs as Diamond's mistress, Dawn Dolan.moreless
Steven Hill

Steven Hill

Jack "Legs" Diamond

Guest Star

Norma Crane

Norma Crane

Alice Diamond

Guest Star

Suzanne Storrs

Suzanne Storrs

Dawn Dolan

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The character of Big Bill Swinney appears to be based on Big Bill Dwyer, a New York based bootlegger during the Prohibition Era.

    • The character of Benny Benjamin is based upon Arnold Rothstein the notorious New York mobster alleged to have been the mastermind behind the fix of the 1919 World Series. The real Legs Diamond was once one of Rothstein's bodyguards.

    • The real life Jack "Legs" Diamond was killed by three bullets on December 18, 1931 near Albany, NY shortly after being acquitted of assault charges. Diamond had survived three previous attempts on his life earning the nickname "Clay Pigeon." His mistress, showgirl Kiki Roberts, was present when he was gunned down.

    • The character of Dawn Dolan is based on a woman named Marion "Kiki" Roberts, a nightclub dancer who was the real Legs Diamond's mistress. Kiki was present when Diamond was gunned down in an Albany hotel room in 1931 just hours after being acquitted of an assault charge.

    • The portrayal of Alice Diamond by Norma Crane in this episode is pretty accurate. The real Alice was a slatternly, hard-drinking ex-carnival worker who could reportedly outcuss any man alive. Left penniless by her husband's death, she committed suicide in a cheap New York hotel room in 1933.

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  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode was originally entitled Clay Pigeon.

    • This episode marks the first appearance on the show of Oscar Beregi who would return in seven additional episodes in Seasons Two and Three playing a similar character named Joe Kulak.

    • Suzanne Storrs becomes the first actress to sing the song "Mean to Me" on The Untouchables. She would be followed by Gale Robbins later in Season Two's The Antidote and Anne Helm in Man Killer and Cathi Merchant in Downfall which both aired in Season Three.

    • This episode marked Lawrence Dobkin's third and final appearance on the show as Dutch Schultz who was the first mobster to rise from the dead on The Untouchables. The Dutchman would be followed a few episodes later by Frank Nitti. Not even death could keep a good gangster down.


    • Legs by William Kennedy is a novelized version of the life of Jack "Legs" Diamond focusing on his later years when he shifted his base of operations to the Albany area.