The makeshift feature film Alcatraz Express originated as "The Big Train", a two-part episode of the Untouchables TV series. Al Capone (Neville Brand) is about to be sent to prison in Atlanta on a tax-evasion charge. Federal agent Elliot Ness (Robert Stack) doesn't like this set-up, and insists that Capone be shipped by train to San Francisco, thence to Alcatraz Island. Capone immediately begins drawing up plans to escape from the feds while en route to "The Rock". Costarring Bruce Gordon (as Frank Nitti), James Westerfield and Robert F. Simon, "The Big Train" was originally telecast January 5 and 12, 1961.
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