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"The Untouchables" Head of Fire: Feet of Clay (1960)

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Original Air Date:
21 April 1960 (Season 1, Episode 27)
Special agent Ness is worried about his childhood pal - a big, successful boxing promoter who's mixed up with a gangster Ness can never get convicted. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An odd episode that hinges on a woman's traumatic brain injury....and not among the better episodes. See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness

Nehemiah Persoff ... Johnny Fortunato

Madlyn Rhue ... Chickie Bernstein

Jack Warden ... Frank Barber

Anthony George ... Agent Cam Allison
Leo Gordon ... Pops Gantry
Virginia Christine ... Stella Barber
Adrienne Marden ... Nurse Vedkoff
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi

Norman Alden ... John Henry Whitmore (as Norm Alden)
Lawrence Maldonado ... Fabiano
George Chirello ... News Vendor

Patsy Kelly ... Slapsie Sadie
Walter Winchell ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Al Bain ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
John Davis Chandler ... Henchman (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Ringside Photographer (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
John George ... Spectator Outside Arena (uncredited)
Chester Hayes ... Dancer (uncredited)
Eddie Hice ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Dancer (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Referee (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Hazel Pierce ... Dancer (uncredited)
John Roy ... Dancer (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Peanut Vendor (uncredited)
Joe Walls ... Dancer (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Walter Grauman  (as Walter E. Grauman)
Writing credits
Eliot Ness (book "The Untouchables") and
Oscar Fraley (book "The Untouchables")

Ben Maddow  written by

Produced by
Quinn Martin .... executive producer
Norman Retchin .... producer
Charles Russell .... producer
Original Music by
Russell Garcia 
Nelson Riddle 
Cinematography by
Charles Straumer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ben Ray  (as Ben H. Ray)
Casting by
Kerwin Coughlin 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Frank T. Smith 
Set Decoration by
Sandy Grace 
Makeup Department
Irene Beshon .... hair stylist
Kiva Hoffman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Argyle Nelson .... production supervisor (as W. Argyle Nelson)
Lloyd Richards .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Grace .... assistant director
Sergei Petschnikoff .... assistant director
Art Department
Irving A. Feinberg .... property master (as Irving Feinberg)
Sound Department
Cam McCulloch .... sound engineer
Joseph G. Sorokin .... sound editor
T.T. Triplett .... sound engineer
Josef von Stroheim .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom May .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Delmar .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Bill Heath .... supervising editor
Music Department
Nelson Riddle .... composer: theme music
Ted Roberts .... music supervisor
Other crew
Arthur Fellows .... assistant to executive producer
Harry Fried .... story editor

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Produced by
Bert Granet .... producer
Original Music by
Jack Cookerly 
William Loose 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lou Watt .... second assistant director
Special Effects by
A.D. Flowers .... special effects
A. Paul Pollard .... special effects
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

[last lines]
Johnny Fortunato:You got no heart. No heart. No heart, Mister Ness. You got no damn heart. You got no damn heart.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
An odd episode that hinges on a woman's traumatic brain injury....and not among the better episodes., 15 March 2016
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Head of Fire" is a watchable but confusing and rather muddled episode of "The Untouchables". It begins with an old high school chum of Ness showing up unexpectedly. Jack Barber (Jack Warden) has come to see Ness but the audience can't help but think that Jack is up to something. Soon you learn that Jack isn't altogether honest and bets on fixed boxing matches. Additionally, there's SOMETHING going on between Jack and a nasty hood, Johnny Fortunato (Nehemiah Persoff). How does Ness fit into all this? And, how does a woman with a traumatic brain injury (Madlyn Rhue) end up helping Ness figure out the truth?

So much of this episode doesn't work. The relationship between Jack and Ness is bizarre and makes little sense. Plus, the show is trying to humanize Ness...and very unsuccessfully. Off-duty, Ness is MUCH more rigid and humorless than Joe Friday ("Dragnet") or McGarrett ("Hawaii Five-O") seeing him acting (or TRYING) to act casual is strange to say the least.

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