The Untouchables: Season 3, Episode 6

Loophole (16 Nov. 1961)

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Morton Halas is an aggressive and very successful defense attorney who will stop at nothing to get his clients off. Having successfully defended Big Mike Probich he finds himself working ... See full summary »

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Morton Halas
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Larry Coombs
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Whitey Metz
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Mikhail 'Red Mike' Probich
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Abel Fernandez ...
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District Attorney Harker Wade
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Gus Kleeber
Lorna Thayer ...
Connie LaVerne
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Gobo Karsh
Peter Brocco ...
Pete Lavery
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Morton Halas is an aggressive and very successful defense attorney who will stop at nothing to get his clients off. Having successfully defended Big Mike Probich he finds himself working for Larry Coombs, another small-time mobster who has ambition to rise to the top. Coombs and his top enforcer Whitey Metz decide to knock off Probich and take over his network. They succeed but things don't go as smoothly as planned and Eliot Ness soon has an eye witness who can identify both of them. Halas has a flair for the dramatic and just as the verdict in the case is about to be announced, he arranges for someone to stand up in open court and announce, with murder weapon in hand, that he is the killer. Ness and the District Attorney know that the fix is in and find they have to rely on their own trickery if Halas, Coombs and Metz are to face justice. Written by garykmcd

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Ness tells Hobson what happened in the courtroom when Metz was trying to get Halas to work for Coombs while Hobson is surprised when Hobson himself was also in the courtroom with Ness at that moment. See more »

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A great big bluff
27 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A really fine cast of guest players graces the cast of this Untouchables episode. The story concerns Martin Landau a fast rising young hoodlum on the make who wants to be at the top rubbing elbows with folks like Frank Nitti and Jake Guzik. To do that he bumps off George Tobias who has his own operation and an ace defense attorney in Jack Klugman. Klugman comes highly recommended, he just got Tobias off a murder rap.

But The Untouchables are nothing, but dogged and determined and Robert Stack eventually runs a great big bluff on Klugman and Landau as Landau's number one trigger man Gavin McLeod is on trial for his life.

This cast performs pretty much as you would expect them to. Landau played many a villain before Mission Impossible and McLeod is something of a revelation as a truly murderous hood. Not what you'd expect from Captain Stubing of the Love Boat. In fact with Klugman doing The Odd Couple and later Quincy, M.E. and Tobias on Bewitched all four would be regulars on network television shortly.

My favorite was Klugman however, a brilliant lawyer who desperately wanted to rise to the top and was not squeamish in how he did it.

A good chance to see a bunch television favorites all in one show.


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