When Al Capone is imprisoned for tax evasion, he leaves his operation in the hands of two of his lieutenants: Mayer Wartel is responsible for the speakeasies and Carl Positan is left in charge of the breweries. Wartel however soon ensures that he is left as the only one in charge and is soon dubbed Capone's heir apparent. He's a severe hypochondriac and a chronic worrier so when he takes a dislike to the newspaper articles about him, he personally gets rid of the editor. Wartel had his gun made from scratch and of unique lightweight materials which results in Ness being able to track down the gunsmith and keep him under surveillance. When worrier Wartel gets wind of Ness' interest, he hires contract killer Harry Strauss to get rid of him. The fact that his target is under constant watch only adds to thrill of the kill.
Did You Know?
Actor Alexander Lockwood is credited as Professor Hinds, but his footage was edited out. See more
Mayer Wartel shoots Michael Shaw three times. In the subsequent investigation, Eliot Ness and a crime lab technician say there was only one murder bullet and one expended shell casing. See more
I didn't do bad for a dead man Mr. Ness. I got both of them, Phil and Mayer. Heh heh!
Medic in Ambulance
No you didn't do bad, you only got yourself killed.