Very very cool, rare find. A kinescope episode of the short-lived series, The Witness, in which an actor playing a real life historical figure (usually a person who is believed to have engaged in criminal activity) is questioned by a team of attorneys with witnesses called to testify.
Here, Peter Falk plays gangster Abe “Kid Twist” Reles, the same character he played in Murder, Inc. The movie was released on June 28, 1960 and this episode aired on December 22, 1960. This episode goes into a bit more detail with certain facts than the movie.
As Abe Reles aka “Kid Twist” in Murder, Inc. (1960). Although it was made very cheaply with mostly unknowns and off-Broadway actors, Peter Falk’s performance was so critically acclaimed, it earned him his first Academy Award nomination.
The Playbill for the original cast of Neil Simon’s The Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. Previews for the play began on October 9, 1971 and the play officially opened on November 11, 1971, closing September 29, 1973 for a total of 798 performances.
Peter Falk played Mel Edison from the start of previews until early June, 1972. His replacements include Art Carney, Gabriel Dell and Hector Elizondo (credit: Internet Broadway Database).