The Untouchables: Season 2, Episode 17

Augie 'The Banker' Ciamino (9 Feb. 1961)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Kuluva ...
Renzo Raineri
Paul Raineri
Luigi Valcone
Augie 'The Banker' Ciamino
Picolo (as Dean Stanton)
Rebecca Welles ...
Rose Raineri
Bernard Kates ...
Mr. Lee
Abel Fernandez ...
Nicholas Georgiade ...
Bernard Fein ...
Roscoe Ates ...
Andrea Darvi ...
Theresa Raineri (as Andrea Margolis)
Jack Tesler ...


Augie 'The Banker' Ciamino is a bootlegger who seems to have developed an almost foolproof way of manufacturing his liquor. He has equipped over a hundred immigrant homes with small stills to actually make the stuff and a unique way of collecting the product. Not everyone in the immigrant community is participating in the illegal liquor-making operation and Eliot Ness visits a night class where adults learn English. His visit is followed by Ciamino's thugs who give the teacher a beating in front of his students. When shopkeeper Renzo Raineri intervenes, he learns that his son, a bookkeeper, is part of Ciamino's organization. Once Ness at his men learn how Ciamino collects the liquor, they try to catch him with goods but through intimidation and murder, the mobster proves to be elusive. Written by garykmcd

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Very Strong Episode
22 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The is the second story we've seen on The Untouchables that involves local residents making whiskey and then combining all their efforts to feed a big gangster with the stuff. In this one, the main hood is Augie Ciamino who has got residents of Little Italy making the product with a unique way of then collecting it (through Root Beer bottles that appear empty!).

Keenan Wynn, as he did so often, plays the rough bad-guy Ciamino. He and his thugs are pretty brutal, at one point giving a night-school teacher a beating in the face with a chain.

His tactics, however, don't scare one man - baker "Renzo Rainiri" (Will Kuluva) - who has a special stake in this after he finds out his kid is handling the books for Ciamino.

What happens with the old man, his kid, the crooks and Elliot Ness is very interesting,from start to finish. Add to that another good guest appearance by veteran actor Sam Jaffe and you have a strong episode.

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