When a large supply of hair tonic is stolen, Ness and the Untouchables are concerned that it may be used as a base for illegal - and deadly - liquor. Soon after, the stuff starts to appear ... See full summary »

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When a large supply of hair tonic is stolen, Ness and the Untouchables are concerned that it may be used as a base for illegal - and deadly - liquor. Soon after, the stuff starts to appear flavored with ginger jake, a popular patent medicine. The result is a permanent neurological disorder that was first seen in a major outbreak in Kansas City. The first victim in Chicago is Mary Kay Spencer, a 17 year old who drank the stuff while out on a date with her boyfriend. Working with public health officials, Ness tries to track down the source of the deadly hooch. Written by garykmcd

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Patent Medicine High
23 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Ever since time in memorial humankind has shown a vast capacity to make some kind of intoxicant or refine what nature has put out there. Every people, every culture, makes no difference. That ingenuity was put to the test during Prohibition when people tried all kinds of ways to break the Volstead Act.

The Untouchables team up with the Public Health Service and doctors Dane Clark, Joseph Schildkraut, and John Gabriel when a lot of alcohol poisonings show up first in Kansas City and then in Chicago. It's traced to a kind of hair tonic which has an alcohol base and is legal. But something called 'Ginger Jake' is made from it and it and for some who drink it they can get paralyzed and permanently.

Worse than that, wait until you see who is doing this. That I will not get into at all, but trust me this one's a real bottom feeder.

Again, I think that The Untouchables were airing a possible pilot for another series on the Public Health Service that didn't get picked up as they were with two episodes involving Barbara Stanwyck as the head of Chicago PD's missing persons. On its own it's a good episode though and there is also a touching performance by Sondra Blake as one of the victims of the alcohol poisoning.


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