The Lawless Years
(1959 - 1961)
Cast: James Gregory
Television / Series / Crime
This series follows Barney Ruditsky, a plainclothes detective in New York City during the 1920s. The show was loosely based on the real life Ruditsky, who was an actual New York police officer. Starring James Gregory, and filmed in sepia.
The Jane Cooper Story (04/13/1959)
Parolee Jane Cooper's mobster boyfriends keep meeting bad ends. The mob then nicknames her Jane the Jinx.
The Nick Joseph Story (04/16/1959)
Nick Joseph, a young hood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, finds his true calling when he becomes a hired killer for the notorious Murder Incorporated.
The Immigrant (04/23/1959)
Tommy Pavlock, a young immigrant teen, begins running a gang, much to the dismay of his mother. She gets Detective Ruditsky to try and set young Tommy straight
The Story of Cutie Jaffe (05/07/1959)
Cutie Jaffe is a small time Lower East Side hoodlum who gets pretensions of bigger things when he starts knocking over his brother-in-law's bootlegging trucks.
The Dutch Schultz Story (05/14/1959)
Dutch Schultz plans to bump off special prosecutor Thomas Dewey over the objections of fellow mobsters.
The Lion and the Mouse (05/21/1959)
A small time mobster plots revenge against the gangsters that attacked him and left him for dead.
No Fare (05/28/1959)
The underworld bribes a police detective to withhold information in an investigation.
The Payoff (06/11/1959)
A bootlegger's girlfriend is murdered when she dumps him for another gang member.
The Marie Walters Story (06/18/1959)
When the body of a young woman is fished from the Harlem River a woman named Marie Walters becomes the chief witness against the bootlegging gang thought to be responsible.
The Maxie Gorman Story (06/25/1959)
Ex-convict Maxie Gorman gets a Machiavellian character named A.J. To finance his entry into the bootlegging business. The two men become partners but when the money starts rolling in Maxie looks for a way to get rid of A.J.
The Muddy Kassoff Story (07/02/1959)
Racketeers for Muddy Kassoff to rent cars for them but he is secretly tipping off the police.
When Ruditsky won't take a bribe a waterfront crime gang attempts to frame him.
Four the Hard Way (07/23/1959)
Ruditsky warns visiting gambler Big Ziggy to get out of town but he gets roped into a crooked card game.
The Tony Morelli Story (07/20/1959)
Gangster Gabby Bishop takes over waterfront operations from an honest dock boss, Tony Morelli. Ruditsky then persuades Morelli to fight back.
The Ray Baker Story (08/06/1959)
Racketeer Ray Baker stands accused of killing a young girl during a wild party but the confession of a dying racketeer exonerates him and implicates another mobster.
The Story of Lucky Silva (08/13/1959)
Lucky Silva is a small time hood with big ambitions. He soon rises to a position of prominence in the New York Mafia.
The Morrison Story (08/20/1959)
A judge is murdered right before a state crime committee is scheduled to look into his activities.
The Poison Ivy Story (08/27/1959)
Ruditsky is temporarily assigned to duty in a Brooklyn precinct in order to get the goods on a gang of young hooligans who have pulled off a series of drug store robberies.
The Prantera Story (09/03/1959)
A crooked lawyer schemes to gain control of the rackets with the aide of former underworld czar Nick Prantera, who has now become just another Bowery bum. But Prantera has no intentions of playing second fiddle.
The Al Brown Story (10/01/1959)
Hoodlum Al Brown destroys a blind man's shop and this puts Ruditsky on his trail. But it will be under another name that Brown becomes infamous.
The Big Greeny Story (10/08/1959)
When a garment factory owner is murdered the trail leads to the notorious Lepke Buchalter who sends the hit man responsible, Big Greeny, to Los Angeles to hide out under the auspices of the equally notorious Bugsy Siegal.
The Art Harris Story (10/15/1959)
Ruditsky goes after Art Harris, who has muscled his way into the political scene in order to protect his organized crime interests.
Billy Boy “Rockabye” Creel (11/05/1959)
Gangland boss Bobo Konig puts a $50,000 bounty out on psychotic gunman Billy Boy Creel. Creel then goes underground . Ruditsky tries to find Creel before Bobo's killers do.
The Big Man (11/12/1959)
Gangster Louis Otto was once Ruditsky's childhood friend. Now he is wanted for the murder of one of his underlings.
The Joe Angelo Story (11/19/1959)
Trucker Joe Angelo is beaten severely by gangsters when he refuses to cooperate with them.
The Billy Grimes Story (12/03/1959)
Ruditsky is marked for death by a person, or persons, unknown. A drug addicted member of a recently busted numbers racket might hold the key to the mystery.
The Sonny Rosen Story (12/17/1959)
The mob kidnaps the son of a millionaire and holds him for a ransom of $100,000... or did they?