Robert Stack, Keenan Wynn, Joe Mantell, Frank De Kova...Walter Winchell...and an intro by Desi Arnaz! This is a timeless, wonderful series and it gets off to a bang with a two-hour, feature-film-quality pilot. You can see why it inspired De Palma's movie remake and a 90s tv series, as well as Dan Aykroyd's SNL spoofs. Hard-bitten dialogue, skillful acting, sharp black-and-white cinematography, archetypal Prohibition-era visuals (Ness and his men smashing beer kegs, Capone brandishing his derringer, speeding gangsters spraying bystanders with lead)...and the first guy-guy kiss in TV history! (I read that the actors were told beforehand that the other guy really liked to kiss men, which explains why they look so nervous. It works great for the scene) The pilot (and to extent, the subsequent episodes) is extremely inappropriate for children, as it contains several violent murders, some pretty revealing footage of a stripper, and a lot of threatening behavior. The murders of Keenan Wynn's and Joe Mantell's characters (oops, spoilers) are also very sad. I love this show and am happy with the DVD set -- it's just still a bit pricey, being pretty new.
This is a terrific series with a great cast. I love learning about the prohibition era and all the problems it created. Because of the time when this series was made, there isn't all the blood and gore that's in the current programing - and you still understand the violence of the times. Robert Stack is just great as Eliot Ness. My husband and I try to recognize actors who made appearances early in their careers in some of the old series which adds to our enjoyment of the show. I hope more episodes are coming soon.
An all time classic TV series of Prohibition days during the 1920's with Robert Stack as Elliot Ness. A must for those who enjoy the Chicago bootlegging days of Capone, Frank Nitti, and others...a great series to watch! This series FINALLY made it to DVD's and well worth the money!!