The Lawless Years - 1959-1961

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Barney Ruditsky was a real New York City policeman that was on the 'Gangster Squad,' the shock troops of wild and corrupt New York City during the Roaring 1920's. This television show recalls stories from the memoirs of Barney Ruditsky, and he was an advisor to the show when it aired. The show provides us the best look at the real crime side of 1920's New York City that has ever been recorded. There were only 27 episodes created in 1959, and ten of them have survived and are available to you right here.

Jimbo note: My dad was a preacher, and so I went to church a lot. I remember as a young boy in the 1960's one summer when his church hosted a traveling evangelist named Herb Phifer (I probably mis-spelled his last name badly), who was a gangster in New York City as a young adult during the Roaring 1920's, before he found religion and changed his life and became a traveling minister. He stayed in our home during the week that he held services at our church. I have a vivid memory of being wide-eyed with wonder when sitting in our home one afternoon he explained to my Dad that he had ridden shotgun on the running board of Dutch Shultz' getaway car as it sped through the streets of New York with bullets flying around him. The Dutch Shultz episode of The Lawless Years was especially meaningful and exciting to me as I recalled Herb and that summer so long ago.

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April 16, 1959 - The Lawless Years, The Nick Joseph Story
Starring James Gregory, Robert Karnes, Vic Morrow, Harry Dean Stanton

April 23, 1959 - The Lawless Years, The Immigrant
Starring James Gregory, Robert Karnes, Clu Gulager, Virginia Christine

April 30, 1959 - The Lawless Years, The Jane Cooper Story
Starring James Gregory, Rebecca Welles, Henry Corden, Paul Clarke

May 7, 1959 - The Lawless Years, The Cutie Jaffe Story
Starring James Gregory, Robert Karnes, Robert Fuller, Bobs Watson

May 14, 1959 - The Lawless Years, The Dutch Shultz Story
Starring James Gregory, John Dennis, Ken Lynch, Jack Kruschen

May 21, 1959 - The Lawless Years, The Lion and the Mouse
Starring James Gregory, Richard Bakalyan, Katherine Squire, Robert Karnes

July 16, 1959 - The Lawless Years, Framed
Starring James Gregory, Robert Karnes, Milton Frome, Paul Genge

August 13, 1959 - The Lawless Years, Lucky Silva
Starring James Gregory, Martin Landau, Al Ruscio, Charles Cooper

August 20, 1959 - The Lawless Years, The Morrison Story
Starring James Gregory, Phillip Coolidge, Rebecca Welles, George Mitchell

August 27, 1959 - The Lawless Years, The Poison Ivy Story
Starring James Gregory, Frank DeKova, Harry Dean Stanton, Selette Cole

December 17, 1959 - The Lawless Years, The Sonny Rosen Story
Starring James Gregory, Robert Karnes, Peter Brocco and Dorothy Adams

July 14, 1961 - The Lawless Years, Ginny
Starring James Gregory, Barbara Stuart, John Dennis and Milton Frome

July 21, 1961 - The Lawless Years, Little Augie
Starring James Gregory, Vic Morrow, Stanley Adams and Shepherd Sanders

September 1, 1961 - The Lawless Years, The Triple Cross
Starring James Gregory, Nita Talbot, Howard Dayton and Stephen Roberts