The Untouchables: Season 4, Episode 6

Bird in the Hand (30 Oct. 1962)

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Gangster Arnie Kurtz is moving into Chicago's South Side and Eliot Ness very much wants to nab him, putting a 24 hour watch and tapping his phones. The operation is put in danger however ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Gabriel ...
Dr. Dan Gifford
Herschel Bernardi ...
Benno Fisk
Arnie Kurtz
Stella Kurtz
Nicholas Georgiade ...
Theodore Marcuse ...
The Man
Officer Cavanaugh
John McLiam ...
Clarinet Player (as Elisha Cook)
Hugh Sanders ...
Dr. Hasker
John Holland ...
Hospital Patient


Gangster Arnie Kurtz is moving into Chicago's South Side and Eliot Ness very much wants to nab him, putting a 24 hour watch and tapping his phones. The operation is put in danger however when Kurtz inadvertently becomes part of a public health emergency. Against his better judgment - but at his wife's insistence - he agrees to let her brother Benno Fisk deliver $100,000 to a New York mobster. Unknown to anyone, Benno has contracted Parrot Fever from a recently acquired pet and collapses soon after his arrival. Federal health official frantically try to trace the source of the infectious disease. For Arnie Kurtz it may mean trouble as he and his wife have been caring for Benno's pets while he is away. Written by garykmcd

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Diseased Birds
26 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Eliot Ness's elite squad of Prohibtion agents and the US Public Health Service join forces in this episode of The Untouchables. An unusual combination of government agencies, but necessary in this case.

Carroll O'Connor plays a rising man in the rackets and he's looking to make some big connections with some New York wise guys. His wife happens to love birds and she brings home from a trip abroad some nice singing parakeets.

Trouble is these parakeets are diseased and carry with them parrot fever which is nasty and occasionally fatal. Nan Martin as the wife gets it herself and passes it on to her brother Herschel Bernardi who's a low level errand boy for O'Connor who only keeps him around as a favor to the missus.

Dane Clark also guest stars as a doctor who traces the path of disease and also traces the path of a big payoff at the same time. Harvey Korman has a small bit in this episode long before he became a comedy legend.

Even The Untouchables can't do it alone at times.

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