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Release Date:
20 April 1959 (USA) 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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Chuck Hamilton ... Man on Sidewalk at Capone Incarceration (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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Additional Details

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USA:102 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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

Did You Know?

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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Brutal, Violent, Great Fun, 3 February 2002
Author: JohnnyCNote from Jacksonville, FL

Unlike the DePalma picture of the late 80's, this original pilot film for the Untouchables TV show features great performances and really conveys the look and feel of Prohibition era Chicago. Well, it makes you feel as if you were there, whether or not it's all that accurate. Robert Stack once said he didn't so much act as react to the colorful gangsters of the show.

My favorite is Neville Brand, who plays Scarface Al Capone. He's a riot to watch, particularly in the scene where he's berating his lieutenants one moment, then laughing lasciviously the next. Bruce Gordon is Frank Nitti, "The Enforcer". He's crude and brutal, all in all the perfect villain. Watch for the scene where he's working over one of his boys because he can't get Ness and his crew to play ball. Each blow is accented by a musical flourish, while the unlucky victim of his rage sobs and cries out "mama mia! mama mia!".

The TV show dispensed with the Hollywood Italian accents. I can't say whether they'd be offensive to the average Italian-American viewer or not. I do know that the Chicago Outfit, or mob, didn't like it. They went to far as to put a contract on Desi Arnaz, whose studio, Desilu, produced the series. Needless to say, it was never filled.

This will always be one of my favorite gangster films. It's not on the same level as The Godfather, Casino or Goodfellas, Key Largo or Scarface, but it's just as entertaining. It gets a solid Three Stars in my book...

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