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The Untouchables

Season 2 Episode 12

The Big Train (pt 1)

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Jan 05, 1961 on ABC
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The Big Train (pt 1)
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Three years after Ness suggests to the government that a prison for the most notorious criminals needs to be built, Alcatraz is ready to house its first hoods, the most notable being Al Capone. Only Capone doesn't have any plans of every getting from federal prison in Atlanta to "The Rock."

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  • Big Al is back.

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    Neville Brand made his only appearance of the regular series as Al Capone in this two-part episode which deals with the prison years of Capone and the reasons for sending him and other hardened criminals to Alcatraz. The Big Train is pretty accurate historically except for the plot to free Capone from the train taking him to "the Rock" but who's to say that there wasn't one that at least made the drawing board stages in real life.



    It must be noted that a disclaimer was added to the episode because the Bureau of Prisons protested the depiction of corrupt prison personnel in this episode who had a hand in aiding Capone's plot to escape. Unfortunately for the Bureau, there was a lot of real life prison personnel corruption surrounding Capone's incarceration. A thorough investigation was made of Capone's term of incarceration in the Atlanta Federal prison and the investigators felt they had an indictable case against Capone and several prison officials for smuggling money and other items into a correctional institution. The case was never pursued any further because by that time Capone was safely locked away and de-horned on Alcatraz.



    As for the performances pay special attention to those of Lewis Charles and Gavin MacLeod as a pair of Capone triggermen. Charles and MacLeod are as sleazy as they come. Bruce Gordon is as nasty as ever as Frank Nitti though if the episode does have one flaw it's that he doesn't get enough screen time.moreless
Neville Brand

Neville Brand

"Scarface" Al Capone

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Richard Carlyle

Richard Carlyle

Everett Lafferty

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Frank London

Frank London

Benny Marcus

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Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon

Frank Nitti

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