The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Lily Dallas Story 

Lily Dallas is a highly intelligent ex-con who has a history of committing bank robberies. This time she and her husband George 'Blackie' Dallas, who is known for his deft use of a Tommy ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Medford

Writers:

Leonard Kantor (teleplay), Eliot Ness (book) | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Norma Crane ... Lily Dallas
Linda Watkins ... Mrs. Murphy
Ed Nelson ... Marty Stoke
Larry Parks ... George 'Blackie' Dallas
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Dabbs Greer ... Thomas B. Randall
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Steve London ... Jack Rossman
Joe Lo Presti Joe Lo Presti ... Pete Appleby
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Jiggs
Judy Strangis ... Arlene
June Vincent ... Mrs. Randall
Vici Raaf ... Margie
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Lily Dallas is a highly intelligent ex-con who has a history of committing bank robberies. This time she and her husband George 'Blackie' Dallas, who is known for his deft use of a Tommy gun, kidnap a well known and very rich businessman Thomas B. Randall and demand $300,000 ransom. Mrs. Randall follows their instructions and doesn't contact the police until after she has paid the ransom so Ness puts out a rumor that all of the bills have been marked. Blackie however is beginning to chafe under Lily's orders, all the more so as she is having an affair with a member of her crew, Marty Stoke. With the ransom money now unmovable, they go back to robbing banks. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the lingering final shot, the shell casings littering the floor are obviously from theatrical blanks. See more »

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Norma Crane's white heat
26 July 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Norma Crane light up the small screen with her portrayal of a vicious and amoral criminal mastermind in this Untouchables episode. Crane's Lily Dallas who masks her activities with a beauty shop front makes Ma Barker look like a Sunday school teacher. Crane borrows a lot from what Virginia Mayo did as James Cagney's tramp of a wife in White Heat, but she adds a whole lot of white heat on her own.

The show starts with the kidnapping of millionaire Dabbs Greer who is shot and killed after the ransom is paid. Now that should have brought the FBI in, but this was apparently slightly before the Lindbergh kidnapping where J. Edgar Hoover's organization assumed jurisdiction in such matters. Here however Eliot Ness and his squad are brought.

Larry Parks plays Crane's husband and Ed Nelson plays her boy toy in the gang as well. All in all it is one of the bloodier Untouchabes episodes.

Still for Crane's dynamic portrayal despite some technical flaws, this episode should be seen.


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