The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Eliot Ness
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Dr. Victor Garr
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Dr. Hans Frolick
John Gabriel ...
Dr. Daniel Gifford
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Mary Kay Spencer (as Sondra Kerr)
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Miles Spencer
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Lee Hobson
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Enrico Rossi
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Dr. Jarvis
Stewart Bradley ...
Iggy Minter
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Ada Spencer
John Newton ...
Joe Cully
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William Youngfellow
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Dr. Michaels
Jo Helton ...
Mrs. Cully
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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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22 January 1963 (USA)  »

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It sure played like a spin off.
27 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

The previous season, Dane Clark played the same character on "The Untouchables"...Dr. Victor Garr. Garr works for the government and his campaign is to wipe out the awful effects of tainted 'Ginger Jake'...an artificial liquor that could leave its drinkers with permanent neurological problems!* In Wichita in particular, there are tons of people with the 'Jake Dance'...with a peculiar gait when they move due to the poisoned liquor. And, like the previous episode with Dr. Garr, Ness and his men aren't in this one very much and it plays like it's perhaps a potential set-up for a spin off that never occurred. Along for the ride this time is Joseph Schildkraut who plays Garr's mentor.

This is a decent episode but not especially remarkable. With less Ness and more "Dr. Kildare" it's more soap opera than violent crime show. Good...certainly not great in any way.

*They never mentioned it in the show but the poisoned Ginger Jake was deliberately poisoned by the US government! I looked this up after seeing a previous Jake episode. How could they do this?! Crazy...thinking that poisoning a few folks would be a GOOD thing by discouraging others from demon alcohol.


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