Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago.
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 Enrico Rossi / ... 113 episodes, 1959-1963
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 Lee Hobson / ... 91 episodes, 1959-1963
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 Jack Rossman 63 episodes, 1959-1963
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Chicago, 1930, time of the prohibition. And it is the great time for the organized crime, the so called Mafia. One of the big bosses is Al Capone. He is the best know but at least, he was only one in a dirty game of sex, crime and corruption. People are willing to pay any price to drink alcohol, and sometimes it is their life they have to pay with. Special agent Eliot Ness and his team are trying to defeat the alcohol Mafia, but in this job, you don't have any friends. Written by Florian Baumann <baumann@msmhpd.hoechst.hoechst-ag.dbp.de>

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NEW KIND OF SERIES! Beginning the true story of FBI man Eliot Ness's savage war on the notorious mobsters Al Capone left behind! (season 1)

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To counter some of the claims that the show was anti-Italian, later episodes gave a more prominent role to Agent Enrico Rossi (the Italian-American member of Ness' team) in order to show an Italian-American as a hero working for law and order. Rossi was played by Nicholas Georgiade, who was Greek. See more »

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The opening credits for the fourth season show a book open to a page that reads "The Untouchables, 1929--1933". This contradicts the chronology of several episodes set in 1934 or 1935. See more »

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Police Officer: There is nothing in that area... except an old abandoned warehouse.
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Crime:those that commit and those that try to stop...one of the greatest ever!
21 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Quinn Martin, Desilu and Robert Stack propelled a crime series into the status of TV greatness. This series ran 114 episodes long, but stands shoulder to shoulder with such giants as GUNSMOKE and BONANZA. Set in Chicago, late 20s and 30s during depressed times and prohibition, Special Treasury Agent Elliot Ness(Robert Stack)and his band of crime fighters must deal with bootleggers, gangland murderers, assassins and crime figures like Al Capone(Neville Brand) and Frank Nitti(Bruce Gordon). Expertly narrated by Walter Winchell, this power packed crime drama got the story told without the use of on screen gore, profanity or blatant violence.

Besides the super work by Stack and Gordon others became familiar faces:Nicholas Georgiade, Oscar Beregi Jr., Anthony George, Abel Fernandez, Jerry Paris, Steve London, Grant Richards and Jason Wingreen. This series was so near perfection production wise. Awesome.

Note: TV Land, A & E, Nick at Nite, TNN...somebody put this back on the air for future generations.


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