Lawless Years, Vol. 1 [DVD]
The experiences of real-life NYC police detective Barney Ruditsky during the Prohibition Era are vividly dramatized in the first season of the crime drama The Lawless Years. James Gregory is seen as Ruditsky, with Robert Karnes as his sidekick Max. The season begins with "The Nick Joseph Story", a true-but-with-the-names-changed saga of a cocky gangster, with Vic Morrow in the leading role. Other guest stars of note showing up in the season's subsequent 18 half-hour episodes are Robert Fuller in "The Story of Cutie Jaffe", Burt Reynolds in "The Payoff", Tige Andrews in "The Tony Morelli Story" and Martin Landau in "Lucky Silva." Although, as mentioned, many of the "real" names are changed for legal reasons, a few exceptions are made during Season One, notably "The Dutch Schultz Story", featuring John Dennis as the title character. ~ Hal Erickson
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