Eliot Ness and The Untouchables: The Historical Reality and the Film and Television Depictions

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2000 - Performing Arts - 202 pages
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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. 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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
2
The Real Al Capone and Frank Nitti
25
The Untouchables The TV Movie
49
The Classic Television Series
55
The Untouchables The 1987 Movie
131
The Return of Eliot Ness
141
The Untouchables The Series Redux
147
The Need for a Hero
185
Bibliography
193

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