Eliot Ness and the Untouchables are in Florida to arrest Ma Barker and her sons who are staying at a holiday motel under assumed names. With the aid of the State Police, they stage a raid but the well-armed Barker gang hold them off for over 6 hours. Years before, Ma Barker's sons had developed quite a reputation as petty criminals but her real career in crime started when one of them, Herman, was shot by a policeman during a break-in. Soon the Midwest is in the midst of a crime spree that included kidnappings and robberies. The family starts to fall apart when one of her sons, Doc, decides to get married. He leaves home but used currency from a kidnapping and Ness is soon on his trail. Ma Barker gives their location away leading to Ness' raid. Written by
Did You Know?
J. Edgar Hoover
and Frank Sinatra
both protested the release of the premiere of the series in 1959 for different reasons. Hoover objected when an episode depicted the fictional character Eliot Ness--based on real-life Treasury Agent Eliot Ness
--taking down Ma Barker and her gang when it was actually the FBI which deserved full credit. Sinatra did not like the way Italian-Americans were portrayed as Mafia bosses and gangsters. See more
The Untouchables surround the Barkers in a Florida motel, but they were actually caught in an old farmhouse they rented to lay low. See more