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Release Date:
20 April 1959 (USA) See more »
Expose of the Capone Regime! See more »
Story of how a group of incorruptible federal lawmen helped put 1920s' Chicago gangster Al Capone in prison. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A movie of ideas pitting honest men against crooks--all-time great! See more (5 total) »


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Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness (archive footage)

Keenan Wynn ... Joe Fuselli (archive footage)

Barbara Nichols ... Brandy LaFrance (archive footage)

Pat Crowley ... Betty Anderson (archive footage)

Bill Williams ... Martin Flaherty (archive footage)

Joe Mantell ... George Ritchie (archive footage)

Bruce Gordon ... Frank Nitti (archive footage)

Neville Brand ... Al Capone (archive footage)
Peter Leeds ... LaMarr Kane (archive footage)

Eddie Firestone ... Eric Hansen (archive footage)
Robert Osterloh ... Tom Kopka (archive footage)
Paul Dubov ... Jack Rossman (archive footage)

Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow (archive footage)

Paul Picerni ... Tony Liguri (archive footage)

John Beradino ... Johnny Giannini (archive footage)
Wolfe Barzell ... Picco (archive footage)

Frank Wilcox ... U.S. District Attorney Beecher Asbury (archive footage)

Peter Mamakos ... Bomber Belcastro (archive footage)
Wally Cassell ... Phil D'Andrea (archive footage)
Herman Rudin ... Mops Volpe (archive footage)

Richard Benedict ... Fur Sammons (archive footage)
Bern Hoffman ... Greasy Thumb Guzik (archive footage)

Frank DeKova ... Jimmy Napoli (archive footage) (as Frank de Kova)

James Westerfield ... Ed Marriatt (archive footage)

Walter Winchell ... Narration (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Anderson ... Detective at Raid (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Reporter (uncredited) (archive footage)
Francis De Sales ... Deputy District Attorney (uncredited) (archive footage)
Bess Flowers ... Nightclub Table Extra (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Man at Theatre (archive footage) (uncredited)

Nicholas Georgiade ... Hood Punched by Ness (uncredited) (archive footage)

John Hoyt ... Capone Lawyer (uncredited) (archive footage)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Capone Hood (uncredited) (archive footage)
Lou Krugman ... Hood (uncredited) (archive footage)

George J. Lewis ... Bartender (uncredited) (archive footage)

James Nolan ... Chick, Cop on the Take (uncredited) (archive footage)

William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited) (archive footage)

Bartlett Robinson ... Federal Judge James H. Wilkerson (uncredited) (archive footage)
Ric Roman ... Al Kenner, Capone machine-gunner at Brewery (uncredited) (archive footage)

Sig Ruman ... Beer Brewer (uncredited) (archive footage)
Brick Sullivan ... Federal Agent in Beer Truck (uncredited) (archive footage)

Jack Tornek ... Waiter at Tap Dancing Show (archive footage) (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Hood Being Arrested (uncredited) (archive footage)

Directed by
Phil Karlson 
Writing credits
Paul Monash (written by)

Eliot Ness (book "The Untouchables") and
Oscar Fraley (book "The Untouchables")

Produced by
Jack Aldworth .... associate producer
Bert Granet .... executive producer
Quinn Martin .... producer
Original Music by
Wilbur Hatch 
Cinematography by
Charles Straumer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert L. Swanson 
Casting by
Kerwin Coughlin 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Frank T. Smith 
Set Decoration by
Sandy Grace 
Makeup Department
Edwin Butterworth .... makeup artist
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Desi Arnaz .... executive in charge of production
Argyle Nelson .... production supervisor (as W. Argyle Nelson)
James Paisley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dann Cahn .... second unit director
Vincent McEveety .... assistant director
Art Department
Charles West .... property master
Sound Department
Jack A. Finlay .... sound editor
Cam McCulloch .... sound mixer
Keith Stafford .... sound editor (as Keith W. Safford)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Bos .... wardrober
Maria P. Donovan .... wardrobe (as Maria Donovan)
Editorial Department
Bill Heath .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
E.C. Norton .... music supervisor
Robert H. Raff .... music editor (as Robert Raff)
Other crew
Jack Baker .... choreographer
Dorothy Hechtlinger .... story editor
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M (video) | Finland:K-16 (1961) (cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1960) (uncut) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1960) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video)

Did You Know?

Abel Fernandez's character was based on William Jennings Gardner, a real-life Native American member of Elliot Ness' "Untouchables."See more »
Betty Anderson:[Eliot Ness arrives after two Capone men pay his fiance a visit] Eliot what kind men are they?
Eliot Ness:They are warped, sadistic, rotten little cowards!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Las travesuras de Morucha (1962)See more »
Ain't MisbehavinSee more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A movie of ideas pitting honest men against crooks--all-time great!, 10 June 2005
Author: silverscreen888

"The Scarface Mob" is not a gangster film; that's what I claim puts it head and shoulders above all other anti-crime films. It's really about what motivates an Eliot Ness and what makes his sort of man different from the Al Capone's of this world. I have studied the era extensively; and those who called this "authentic-looking" Depression Era dramatized fiction have the case right; the direction by Phil Karlsen, as good as any director is at putting physical action on the screen, is very authentic. Nelson Riddle's jarring score and the great sets add much to the movie. Most of the acting, by stalwart Robert Stack, Keenan Wynn, Bruce Gordon and others is very good indeed. This is a story of the hardest sort to make-- a tale of an ethical man trying to bring down an evil one; it's the sort of story that many TV series have failed to carry off. In this feature-length film, scenes such as the harrowing setting of a wiretap in an alleyway by night, truckborne raids on breweries, a knife attack on Ness, nightclub scenes, Capone's return from serving a jail sentence to reestablish his rule over his cowed mobsters and many others are exceedingly memorable. The violence in the film is mostly honest, the camera-work and lighting amazing for a made-for-TV 1950's production. But the key to the film's extraordinary power is the keeping of context by Ness and his men--truly untouchable in a time when bribery was all-too-effective at corrupting many who had sworn to protect citizens from the Capones. It's hard to say enough nice things about such a memorable film experience.

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