The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years. Unusually, briefly covering the years ... See full summary »
Special Agent Eliot Ness (Robert Stack) forms The Untouchables, an elite squad of incorruptible lawmen, in order to bring down underworld kingpin Al Capone. First televised as a two-part episode of the Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse in April 1959, The Untouchables was later combined into one seamless version for movie theaters titled "The Scarface Mob." Here, accompanying this movie version are the Desi Arnaz and Walter Winchell introductions that preceded parts one and two of the original Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse broadcast. Written by
Could this one of those films (or TV shows or made-for-TV movies) that was intense and dramatic when you first watched it as a kid....but now looks tame and wasn't as good as you remembered? Or was this TV-movie simply not up to standards of the weekly show? Hopefully, the latter because I have fond memories of the show.
Growing up, I never missed an episode of the "The Untouchable" on TV and thought it was the greatest. I am still anxiously awaiting someone to put the show on DVD.
However, even though it was fun to see Robert Stack playing Elliot Ness once again; Neville Brand as the tough Al Capone and Barbara Nichols playing a dumb blonde, all of it was just didn't have the impact anymore....or at least in this movie.
The problem was that the story moved too slowly. You can't do that today, especially in crime movies. The only "crime" is having a film that drags.
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