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Eliot Ness and The untouchables : the historical reality and the film and television depictions
Tucker, Kenneth.
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2000]

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v, 202 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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The name Eliot Ness carries with it images of Chicago gangland speakeasies and shootouts with some of the nation's most notorious criminals. Ness has been transformed into a legendary figure by the films and television programs that depicted the war he and his Untouchables waged against the mobsters of Prohibition-era Chicago. Yet the real Ness is an enigma and the actual men who worked with him are little known. This analysis of Ness the person and Ness the myth brings together careful historical analysis and descriptive critiques of the many films and television programs devoted to interpreting his life and war with Al Capone. Reasons for the popularity of Eliot Ness and his mythic importance are also explored. Photographs, bibliography, and an index are included.

Author Notes

Kenneth Tucker is a professor of English at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 The Real Eliot Nessp. 5
Chapter 2 The Real Al Capone and Frank Nittip. 25
Chapter 3 The Untouchables--The TV Moviep. 49
Chapter 4 The Classic Television Seriesp. 55
Original Series Episode Guidep. 93
Chapter 5 The Untouchables--The 1987 Moviep. 131
Chapter 6 The Return of Eliot Nessp. 141
Chapter 7 The Untouchables--The Series Reduxp. 147
The Untouchables--Episode Guidep. 173
Chapter 8 The Need for a Herop. 185
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 195