Saturday, December 31, 2016

Cain's Hundred (1961)

If actors can be typecast after playing a single iconic role, such as Adam West's Batman or Fred Gwynne's Herman Munster, creator and executive producer Paul Monash appears to have suffered the same fate with Cain's Hundred after writing the two-part episode of Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse that served as the pilot for The Untouchables. As Jon Burlingame recounts in the liner notes for Film Score Monthly's CD release of the Cain's Hundred soundtrack, critics immediately wrote off Monash's 1961-62 crime drama as an Untouchables knock-off, even though Cain's Hundred was set in present times and revolved around a fictional former mob lawyer gone straight rather than a real-life crusading G-man. But the similarities were hard to ignore: each week the untouchable Nicholas Cain almost single-handedly and doggedly brought down a crime syndicate kingpin, just like Elliot Ness. Cain had a more developed backstory: after deciding he wanted out of the mob world, his fiance is mistakenly gunned down by an incompetent hit-man who was supposed to eliminate him, thereby initiating his vengeful mission to take down the top 100 figures in organized crime. Cain also works almost entirely alone, occasionally paired with a nominal police lieutenant or federal attorney, once even having to expose a dirty cop in addition to capturing his criminal prey ("The Penitent: Louis Strode," October 31, 1961); he has no team of untouchables providing additional eyes, ears, and muscle as does Ness, which makes his singular take-downs of mob bosses all the more remarkable and unbelievable. But the tone and narrative drive both have the similar feel of the more successful Untouchables. Though Cain is a lawyer by training, he uses those skills only in the second part of the two-episode opener "Rules of Evidence: George Vincent" (September 26, 1961) to interrogate the mob leader who tried to eliminate him and instead caused his fiance's death. The mob activities he tries to break up sometimes hail back to the Prohibition Era: The series' third episode, "Blue Water, White Beach: Edward Hoagley" (October 3, 1961), profiles a present-day bootlegger whose roots go back to the 1930s and who even drives a 1930s automobile. Monash obviously sought to cash in on the current fad of jazz age dramas that he helped create, which was led by The Untouchables but also included The Roaring 20's and The Lawless Years, but in the end that may have proved Cain's undoing.

Besides the shadow of The Untouchables, the series had internal inconsistencies and a problem with suspension of disbelief, like why Cain can walk into a small town run by a criminal nightclub owner, start digging around in the owner's business, and not disappear permanently. The series wants us to believe that a high-profile investigator with federal connections would inspire enough fear of a full-scale federal intrusion to keep the criminals off his back, but in a real world where people like John Gotti or former Pennsylvania district attorney Ray Gricar can disappear and never be found, such a situation seems highly unlikely. As for inconsistencies, the series sets up its title in the two-episode opener in which Cain vows to take down the top 100 figures in organized crime, but several of the characters from that story, who are portrayed as equals to George Vincent, are never pursued in subsequent episodes. Granted, the series was canceled after 30 episodes, far short of the promised 100 villains, but the failure to follow up on loose threads from the pilot only reinforces the artificiality of the series' premise.

Burlingame's CD liner notes also suggest that part of Cain's downfall was getting swept up in the rising outcry against excessive violence on television, particularly, again, on The Untouchables. But while plenty of authority figures ranted  against killings on screen, the public never really heeded such rejections of humans' penchant for violence. Perhaps more cogent is the way Cain's Hundred painted a world in which corruption infiltrated just about every corner of the civilized world--boxing ("Comeback: Tom Larch," November 7, 1961), the garment industry ("Final Judgment: Alexander Marish," December 19, 1961), grocery produce ("Markdown on a Man: Lenny Bircher," October 10, 1961), loading docks ("Dead Load: Dave Braddock," November 21, 1961), costume jewelry ("Five for One: James Condon," December 5, 1961), and even the judiciary ("In the Balance: Philip Hallson," November 28, 1961). The criminal justice system in which the reformed Nicholas Cain operates is rife with judges, lawyers, and cops on the take--besides the revered Judge Philip Hallson and Cain's dirty partner Lt. Martin Cahurn alluded to above, we find small-town sheriffs particularly susceptible to bribery and extortion in "Degrees of Guilt: Frank Andreotis" (October 17, 1961), "King of the Mountain: Herman Coombs" (October 24, 1961), and "The Fixer: Ray Riley" (December 12, 1961). Though we frequently see someone gone bad regret their decision, change sides, and help Cain bring down a kingpin--former drug lord Louis Strode is finally forced to face his culpability in his son's death and get back in the game in order to bring down his former network partners, ultimately paying for it with his life, as does former good-time girl and addict Bunny in "Degrees of Guilt"--the cost is high and one wonders if someone else equally corrupt or worse will step in and fill the void. In any case, Cain's Hundred paints a bleak portrait of society's underworld that most of us prefer not to be made aware of.

Still, for all its short-comings Cain's Hundred was a well-written and acted crime drama that probably deserved a better fate, or at least the opportunity to run its course. The performance in "Markdown on a Man: Lenny Bircher" by Phyllis Love as the conflicted daughter of produce seller Vincent Orlatti and girlfriend of mob enforcer Herbert Lorgan shows the potential the series bore in presenting nuanced, complicated decisions real people face in their everyday lives. Pat Hingle likewise gives a sterling turn as the small-town, good-old-boy sheriff who sees the chance of a lifetime in going into business with the mob to finance his one shot at the good life in "The Fixer: Ray Riley," failing to realize that doing so will alienate the most important person in his life--his wife Katie. Such moral dilemmas were the series' strongest asset, as good as anything turned out in the more highly regarded Stirling Silliphant series Naked City and Route 66, but the show ultimately failed to triumph in the court of public opinion or the boardroom of NBC. Unlike on the series itself, the good guys don't always win.

The main theme and score for several early episodes were composed by Jerry Goldsmith, who was profiled in the 1961 post on Dr. Kildare.

All but one of the series' 30 episodes are currently streaming on Warner Archive.

The Actors

Peter Mark Richman

Marvin Jack Richman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of a painting and paper-hanging contractor. After starring as the captain and fullback of his city-champion high school football team, he served in the U.S. Navy in 1945-46 and played semi-pro football in the Eastern Pro Conference in 1946-47 until a knee injury ended his athletic career. He then attended what is now The University of the Sciences and graduated with a pharmacy degree in 1951, but during his school years he became interested in acting, making his first appearance on the stage with the Philadelphia Experimental Theater in 1949. After graduation, he ran a drugstore in Rosemont, Pennsylvania and appeared in over a dozen productions at the Grove Theatre in Nuongola, PA. Later in 1952 he moved to New York, where he also was licensed as a pharmacist, and studied acting under Lee Strasberg from 1952-54, eventually becoming a member of the Actors Studio. His first New York theatrical role was in an Actors Studio production of Calder Willingham's End as a Man in 1953, where he met his wife, Helen Theodora Landess, also an actor. That same year he landed his first television role playing a young police officer in an episode of Suspense. Additional roles over the next few years on The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse, Armstrong Circle Theatre, and the series Justice eventually caught the eye of William Wyler, who cast him opposite Phyllis Love in his feature film Friendly Persuasion in support of Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire. In 1957 he appeared in the film adaption of End as a Man, retitled The Strange One, starring Ben Gazzara. His work on television drama anthologies picked up, too, and in 1958 he was billed third in The Black Orchid behind Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn. By 1959 he was also getting guest spots on LA-based TV series such as Rawhide, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Hotel de Paree. Once he was cast in the lead role on Cain's Hundred in 1961, he made the move to Hollywood.

Though his signature series lasted only a single season, its quick demise didn't harm his ability to find work on TV series from then on. The remainder of the 1960s was filled with credits on series such as Ben Casey, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Man From U.N.C.L.E., and The Wild Wild West, to name but a few.  He also found time for occasional feature film work and remained active in live theater. In 1971 he added Peter to his established name Mark Richman as part of his devotion to the Subud spiritual movement. He also landed his second recurring TV role as Duke Paige on the Stirling Silliphant-created Longstreet, which also lasted only a single season. But regular TV guest spots continued for the rest of the 1970s on The F.B.I., Police Story, and Mission: Impossible, as well as a few appearances as Suzanne Sommers' father on Three's Company. In the 1980s he forayed into primetime soaps playing Andrew Laird in 27 episodes of Dynasty and C.C. Capwell on 28 episodes of Santa Barbara. The 1980s were also fruitful in terms of voicework, as he voiced The Phantom and Kit Walker in Defenders of the Earth. Thereafter the number of roles declined slightly, though he did land a supporting role in the 1989 slasher feature Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan and appeared 4 times as Lawrence Carson on Beverly Hills 90210 in 1993-94. Other than The Final Show, a short still in post-production at the end of 2016, his last credited role was in the 2011 feature film Mysteria whose cast also included Danny Glover and Martin Landau. Besides acting, Richman's other pursuits include impressionist painting and novel writing. Amongst his many awards are a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern California Motion Picture Council and the Silver Medallion from The Motion Picture and Television Fund for humanitarian achievement.

Notable Guest Stars

Season 1, Episode 1, "Crime and Commitment: Part 1": Martin Gabel  (starred in The Thief, Marnie, and Lady in Cement) plays mob boss George Vincent. Carol Eve Rossen (Anna Kassoff on The Lawless Years) plays Cain's fiance Stella Caulfield. Philip Ober (appeared in From Here to Eternity, North by Northwest, and Elmer Gantry) plays mob boss Herman Hausner. Gavin MacLeod (starred in Operation Petticoat, The Sand Pebbles, and Kelly's Heroes and played Joseph Haines on McHale's Navy, Murray Slaughter on Mary Tyler Moore and Rhoda, and Capt. Merrill Stubing on The Love Boat) plays mob hit-man Harry Diener. Bruce Dern (shown on the left, starred in The Wild Angels, Hang 'Em High, Support Your Local Sheriff!, Silent Running, Coming Home, and Nebraska and played E.J. Stocker on Stoney Burke and Frank Harlow on Big Love) plays small-time thug Joe Krajac. Gloria Talbott (starred in The Cyclops, Daughter of Dr. Jekyll, and I Married a Monster From Outer Space and played Moneta on Zorro) plays Krajac's brother's girlfriend Bobbie. Ted de Corsia (Police Chief Hagedorn on Steve Canyon) plays mob kingpin Chris Narleski. Robert Karnes (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Lawless Years) plays federal D.A. John Hurlie. Judson Pratt (Billy Kinkaid on Union Pacific) plays federal agent Leonard Mead. Catherine McLeod (Claire Larkin on Days of Our Lives) plays Cain's secretary Grace. Bern Hoffman (Sam the bartender on Bonanza) plays mob boss Lester Cook.

Season 1, Episode 2, "Rules of Evidence: George Vincent": Martin Gabel  (see "Crime and Commitment: Part 1" above) returns as mob boss George Vincent. Philip Ober (see "Crime and Commitment: Part 1" above) returns as mob boss Herman Hausner. Gavin MacLeod (shown on the right, see "Crime and Commitment: Part 1" above) returns as mob hit-man Harry Diener. Gloria Talbott (see "Crime and Commitment: Part 1" above) returns as mobster girlfriend Bobbie. Robert Karnes (see "Crime and Commitment: Part 1" above) returns as federal D.A. John Hurlie. Judson Pratt (see "Crime and Commitment: Part 1" above) returns as federal agent Leonard Mead. Henry Beckman (Commander Paul Richards on Flash Gordon, Mulligan on I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, George Anderson on Peyton Place, Colonel Harrigan on McHale's Navy, Capt. Roland Frances Clancey on Here Come the Brides, Pat Harwell on Funny Face, Harry Mark on Bronk, and Alf Scully on Check It Out) plays police Sgt. Kaline. Noah Keen (Det. Lt. Carl Bone on Arrest and Trial) plays fake lawyer Sidney Shallet.

Season 1, Episode 3, "Blue Water, White Beach: Edward Hoagley": Ed Begley (shown on the left, starred in Sorry, Wrong Number, The Great Gatsby (1949), Deadline U.S.A., The Turning Point, 12 Angry Men, Sweet Bird of Youth, and Hang 'Em High and played Mr. Koppel on Leave It to Larry) plays bootlegger Edward Hoagley. Jan Merlin (Roger Manning on Tom Corbett, Space Cadet and Lt. Colin Kirby on The Rough Riders) plays his right-hand man Weaver. Lawrence Dobkin (Dutch Schultz on The Untouchables, the narrator on Naked City, Judge Saul Edelstein on L.A. Law, and Judge Stanely Pittman on Melrose Place) plays federal D.A. Dale Statesman. Robert Carricart (Pepe Cordoza on T.H.E. Cat) plays syndicate spokesman Bruno Keller. Carl Benton Reid (starred in The Little Foxes, In a Lonely Place, Lorna Doone, and The Left Hand of God and played The Man on Burke's Law) plays former governor John Stapleton. Patricia Medina (Margarita Cortazar on Zorro) plays his wife Jenny. John Bryant (Dr. Carl Spaulding on The Virginian) plays her fling Ronnie. Kevin Hagen (John Colton on Yancy Derringer, Inspector Dobbs Kobick on Land of the Giants, and Dr. Hiram Baker on Little House on the Prairie) plays hit-man Charlie Chinn.

Season 1, Episode 4, "Markdown on a Man: Lenny Bircher": John McGiver (shown on the right, appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Manchurian Candidate, The Glass Bottom Boat, Midnight Cowboy, The Apple Dumpling Gang and played J.R. Castle on The Patty Duke Show, Walter Burnley on Many Happy Returns, Barton J. Reed on Mr. Terrific, and Dr. Luther Quince on The Jimmy Stewart Show) plays produce kingpin Lenny Bircher. Michael Constantine (appeared in The Last Mile, The Hustler, The Reivers, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding and played Jack Ellenhorn on Hey, Landlord, Principal Seymour Kaufman on Room 222, Judge Matthew Sirota on Sirota's Court, and Gus on My Big Fat Greek Life) plays his hand-picked supervisor Herbert Lorgan. Eduardo Ciannelli (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Johnny Staccato) plays produce seller Vincent Orlatti. George Mitchell (Cal Bristol on Stoney Burke) plays his partner David Michaels. Ivan Dixon (starred in A Raisin in the Sun, Nothing But a Man, and A Patch of Blue and played Sgt. James Kinchloe on Hogan's Heroes) plays produce worker Willie Williams. Adrienne Marden (Mary Breckenridge on The Waltons) plays policewoman Ann Gregory. Harold Gould (Bowman Chamberlain on The Long Hot Summer, Harry Danton on The Feather and Father Gang, Martin Morgenstern on Mary Tyler Moore and Rhoda, Jonah Foot on Foot in the Door, Ben Sprague on Spencer, and Miles Webber on The Golden Girls) plays Bircher's bookkeeper.

Season 1, Episode 5, "Frank Andreottis: Degrees of Guilt": David Brian (shown on the left, appeared in Flamingo Road, Intruder in the Dust, Million Dollar Mermaid, and The High and the Mighty and played D.A. Paul Garrett on Mr. District Attorney) plays small-town vice kingpin Frank Andreottis. Robert Foulk (Ed Davis on Father Knows Best, Sheriff Miller on Lassie, Joe Kingston on Wichita Town, Mr. Wheeler on Green Acres, and Phillip Toomey on The Rifleman) plays the chief of police. Eve McVeagh (starred in High Noon, The Glass Web, and Tight Spot and played Miss Hammond on Petticoat Junction) plays Andreottis employee Bunny. Leonard Stone (appeared in The Mugger, The Big Mouth, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and Soylent Green and played Doc Joslyn on Camp Runamuck, Packy Moore on General Hospital, and Judge Paul Hansen on L.A. Law) plays federal agent Herm Levinson.

Season 1, Episode 6, "King of the Mountain: Herman Coombs": Edward Andrews (appeared in The Harder They Fall, Elmer Gantry, The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, Advise and Consent, and The Glass Bottom Boat and played Cmdr. Rogers Adrian on Broadside and Col. Fairburn on The Doris Day Show) plays Mountain County kingpin Herman Coombs. Barbara Baxley (starred in Countdown, Nashville, Norma Rae, and The Exorcist III) plays his wife Clara. Paul Birch (Erle Stanley Gardner on The Court of Last Resort, Mike Malone on Cannonball, and Capt. Carpenter on The Fugitive) plays Mountain County Sheriff Rainey. Robert Duvall (shown on the right, starred in To Kill a Mockingbird, Bullitt, True Grit, MASH, The Godfather, The Godfather -- Part II, The Eagle Has Landed, and Apocalypse Now and played Augustus McRae on Lonesome Dove) plays Deputy Tom Nugent. Milton Selzer (Parker on Get Smart, Jake Winkelman on The Harvey Korman Show, Abe Werkfinder on The Famous Teddy Z, and Manny Henry on Valley of the Dolls) plays Coombs business associate Lou Metzger. Jan Shepard (Nurse Betty on Dr. Christian) plays bar hostess Karen. 

Season 1, Episode 7, "The Penitent: Louis Strode": Herschel Bernardi (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1960 post on Peter Gunn) plays drug kingpin Louis Strode. Leo Penn (father of Sean, Chris, and Michael Penn, played Dr. David McMillan on Ben Casey, and had at least 87 directing credits including 19 episodes of Ben Casey, 11 episodes of Bonanza, 18 episodes of Marcus Welby, M.D., and 27 episodes of Matlock) plays his brother-in-law Larry Cram. Philip Bourneuf (appeared in Joan of Arc, Chamber of Horrors, and Pete 'n' Tillie and played Dr. Wickens on Dr. Kildare) plays Strode's lawyer Gilbert Caxley. Will Kuluva (Charlie Kingman on Primus) plays drug seller Benny Barber. Paul Lambert (Tom Dalessio on Executive Suite) plays drug distributor Al Coston. Al Ruscio (Paul Locatelli on Shannon, Sal Giordano on Life Goes On, and Frank Ruscio on Joe's Life) plays his hit-man Vic. Philip Abbott (starred in Sweet Bird of Youth and played Arthur Ward on The F.B.I., Dr. Alex Baker on General Hospital, and Grant Stevens on The Young and the Restless) plays police Lt. Martin Cahurn. Dabbs Greer (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Gunsmoke) plays stool pigeon Willie Beal. Donna Douglas (Barbara Simmons on Checkmate and Elly Mae Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies) plays showgirl Edie. Ted Knight (Ted Baxter on Mary Tyler Moore, Roger Dennis on The Ted Knight Show, and Henry Rush on Too Close for Comfort) plays narcotics agent Joe Bowen.

Season 1, Episode 8, "Comeback: Tom Larch": Clifton James (appeared in Experiment in Terror, Cool Hand Luke, Live and Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun, and Eight Men Out and played Silas Jones on Lewis & Clark and Duke Carlisle on Dallas) plays boxing fixer Tom Larch. Paul Carr (Bill Horton on Days of Our Lives, Casey Clark on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Ted Prince on Dallas, and Martin Gentry on The Young and the Restless) plays promising boxer Eddie Novak. J. Pat O'Malley (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Frontier Circus) plays his manager Joe Hagen. Bernie Hamilton (shown on the right, played Capt. Harold Dobey on Starsky and Hutch) plays his trainer Willie Carter. Arch Johnson (starred in Somebody Up There Likes Me, G.I. Blues, and The Cheyenne Social Club and played Gus Honochek on The Asphalt Jungle and Cmdr. Wivenhoe on Camp Runamuck) plays former champion Al Heldon. Lew Gallo (Major Joseph Cobb on 12 O'Clock High and directed multiple episodes of That Girl, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Love American Style, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and The New Mike Hammer) plays Larch stooge Stuhler. Jean Carson (Rosemary on The Betty Hutton Show) plays a blonde in Larch's apartment. Carmen Phillips (Lily on The Lieutenant) plays a brunette in Larch's apartment. Norman Alden (Grundy on Not for Hire, Johnny Ringo on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Captain Horton on Rango, Tom Williams on My Three Sons, and Coach Leroy Fedders on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) plays boxer Fred Jackson.

Season 1, Episode 9, "Dead Load: Dave Braddock": Harold J. Stone (John Kennedy on The Grand Jury, Hamilton Greeley on My World and Welcome to It, and Sam Steinberg on Bridget Loves Bernie) plays longshoreman kingpin Dave Braddock. Jack Lord (shown on the near left, played Stoney Burke on Stoney Burke and Det. Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O) plays one of his supervisors Wilt Farrell. Charles Bronson (shown on the far left, starred in The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Valachi Papers, and four Death Wish movies and played Mike Kovac on Man With a Camera, Paul Moreno on Empire, and Linc Murdock on The Travels of Jamie McPheeters) plays loader Hank Conrad. Jacqueline Scott (starred in House of Women, Empire of the Ants, and Telefon and played Donna Kimble Taft on The Fugitive) plays Conrad's fiance Helen. Robert Stevenson (bartender Big Ed on Richard Drum and Marshal Hugh Strickland on Stagecoach West) plays organizer Tommy Jackson. Jack Perkins (Mr. Bender on The Good Guys) plays Braddock thug Bill. Howard Caine (Schaab on The Californians and Maj. Wolfgang Hochstetter on Hogan's Heroes) plays trucking proprietor Tony Arnelo. Joe Higgins (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Rifleman) plays an unnamed loader.

Season 1, Episode 10, "In the Balance: Phillip Hallson": Alexander Scourby (starred in The Big Heat, The Silver Chalice, Giant, and The Shaggy Dog) plays respected judge Phillip Hallson. Myron McCormick (starred in No Time for Sergeants and The Hustler) plays his long-time friend Cy Faring. Ray Walston (shown on the right, starred in South Pacific, Damn Yankees!, The Apartment, Kiss Me, Stupid, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High and played Uncle Martin on My Favorite Martian, Mr. Bottoms on Santa Barbara, Mr. Arnold Hand on Fast Times, and Judge Henry Bone on Picket Fences) plays state's attorney Manny Rockham. Jack Kruschen (appeared in The War of the Worlds, The Apartment, Lover Come Back, and Freebie and the Bean and played Tully on Hong Kong, Sam Markowitz on Busting Loose, Papa Papadapolis on Webster, and Fred Avery on Material World) plays state accountant Bill Ziegler. Telly Savalas (starred in Cape Fear, The Birdman of Alcatraz, The Dirty Dozen, and Kelly's Heroes and played Mr. Carver on Acapulco and Lt. Theo Kojak on Kojak) plays indicted mobster Frank Meehan. David Lewis (Senator Ames on The Farmer's Daughter, Warden Crichton on Batman, and Edward L. Quartermaine on General Hospital) plays Meehan's go-between Martin Allard. James Flavin (Lt. Donovan on Man With a Camera and Robert Howard on The Roaring 20's) plays acquitted mobster Arnie Kellwin. Anne Seymour (appeared in All the King's Men, The Gift of Love, The Subterraneans, and Fitzwilly and played Lucia Garrett on Empire and Beatrice Hewitt on General Hospital) plays shady realtor Viola Ashlow. Amy Fields (Jean on The F.B.I.) plays witness Miss Serrano.

Season 1, Episode 11, "Five for One: James Condon": Robert Ellenstein (appeared in 3:10 to Yuma, Too Much Too Soon, and North by Northwest) plays jewelry smuggler James Condon. Ron Soble (Dirty Jim on The Monroes) plays his hit-man Charlie. Jim Backus (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Mr. Magoo Show) plays costume jewelry maker Karl Bigger. Ludwig Donath (appeared in The Strange Death of Adolph Hitler, Gilda, The Jolson Story, and Torn Curtain) plays his bookkeeper Hans Saltzman. Ian Wolfe (starred in The Barretts of Wimpole Street, The Magnificent Yankee, and Seven brides for Seven Brothers and played Hirsch the Butler on WKRP in Cincinnati and Wizard Traquil on Wizards and Warriors) plays jeweler Pop Parkson. Jerry Paris (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Untouchables) plays his salesman Harry White. Joanna Barnes (appeared in Auntie Mame, Tarzan, the Ape Man, Spartacus, The Parent Trap, and The War Wagon and played Lola on 21 Beacon Street and Katie O'Brien on The Trials of O'Brien) plays jewelry mule Carol Stedman. Dee J. Thompson (Agnes on Grindl) plays U.S. attorney Maggie Sommers.

Season 1, Episode 12, "The Fixer: Ray Riley": Henry Silva (starred in Johnny Cool, The Manchurian Candidate, Cinderfella, and Ocean's Eleven) plays mob vice manager Ray Riley. Pat Hingle (appeared in On the Waterfront, Splendor in the Grass, Hang 'Em High, Norma Rae, Sudden Impact, Batman(1989), Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, and Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and played Dr. Chapman on Gunsmoke and Chief Paulton on Stone) plays small-town sheriff Sam Cortner. Cloris Leachman (shown on the right, starred in The Last Picture Show, Charley and the Angel, Dillinger, and Young Frankenstein and played Ruth Martin on Lassie Rhoda Kirsh on Dr. Kildare, and Phyllis Lindstrom on Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, and Phyllis) plays his wife Katie. Roger Mobley (Homer "Packy" Lambert on Fury) plays his son Cort. DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy on Star Trek) plays one of his deputies Bob Tully. Berkeley Harris (Dr. Joe Werner on The Guiding Light and Phil Roberts on Texas) plays his other deputy John Lincoln. Dan Sheridan (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Lawman) plays Cortner's neighbor Mr. Webber.

Season 1, Episode 13, "Final Judgment: Alexander Marish": Paul Stewart (starred in Citizen Kane, Kiss Me Deadly, Twelve O'Clock High, Champion, and In Cold Blood and was the host of Deadline) plays garment industry extorter Alexander Marish. Sam Jaffe (shown on the left, starred in Lost Horizon, Gunga Din, The Asphalt Jungle, and Ben-Hur and played Dr. David Zorba on Ben Casey) plays garment maker Louis Speckter. Michael Dante (Crazy Horse on Custer) plays his son Danny. Norman Fell (see the biography section for the 1961 post on 87th Precinct) plays Marish's hit-man Frank Driscoll. Herbert Rudley (Sam Brennan on The Californians, Lt. Will Gentry on Michael Shayne, General Crone on Mona McCluskey, and Herb Hubbard on The Mothers-in-Law) plays syndicate spokesman Howard Arneg. Frank Maxwell (Duncan MacRoberts on Our Man Higgins and Col. Garraway on The Second Hundred Years) plays police Lt. Walter Trenson.


  1. Any chance that Warner Brothers might put this show out on DVD? I watched the episodes on their streaming service; the show was actually pretty good.

  2. I suppose it's possible--they have been releasing various old shows on DVD, some of them obscure. I also watched this on their streaming service and enjoyed it. Wish they would also release "77 Sunset Strip," "Hawaiian Eye," and "Surfside 6" on DVD.

  3. Doubtful, since they couldn't clear the music on one of the episodes. If they couldn't clear it for streaming, I doubt they could for DVD.

  4. Looking for the pilot of Cain's 100 as it includes Patricia Crest aka Linda Vargas from Playboy late 1950s.