Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago.
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Series cast summary:
 Eliot Ness (119 episodes, 1959-1963)
 Narrator (119 episodes, 1959-1963)
 Enrico Rossi / ... (113 episodes, 1959-1963)
 Lee Hobson / ... (91 episodes, 1959-1963)
 William Youngfellow / ... (83 episodes, 1959-1963)
 Jack Rossman (63 episodes, 1959-1963)


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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Among the concessions made to Italian-American groups, the network and producers were allowed to use Italians and Italian names for criminals based upon real persons but agreed that fictional criminal characters would be non-Italians. See more »


Several episodes show Frank Nitti taking over control of the Capone organization immediately upon Capone's conviction for tax evasion. In real life, Nitti was also convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 18 months in federal prison; he wasn't able to assume control of the Capone organization until his release late in 1932. See more »


Police Officer: There is nothing in that area... except an old abandoned warehouse.
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Characters frozen in time.
25 February 2002 | by (Lincolnshire,England) – See all my reviews

Seeing an excerpt from 'Untouchables' on satellite TV recently brought back some memories of forty years ago, when I looked forward in eager anticipation to seeing the weekly appearance of Eliot Ness and his associates. To see them again was to see characters apparently frozen in time, operating in a mythical world where the differences between good and evil were clearly delineated and the 'bad guys' got their just deserts. Notwithstanding the fact that Capone and Ness never met, that Ness had little, if anything, to do with putting Capone behind bars, the programmes were quite well directed and acted, even though some of the supporting characters had little,if anything, to say - I can remember often waiting for some considerable time for 'Rico' (Georgiade)to say his only line ! Enjoyable,nevertheless, as cinematic curiosities, well crafted, but so far removed from historical reality as to be a rather threadbare tapestry of the events which the series purported to represent.

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