The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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Mexican Stake-Out 

Eliot Ness is lured south of the border to retrieve a witness who will help his case. Only it's a set-up...once there, the mobster on trial is planning to have Ness killed.

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Jerry Fanning
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Nick Delgado
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Martin Flaherty
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William Youngfellow
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Enrico Rossi
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Jack Rossman
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Julius Imbry
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Theodore Newberry
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Beecher Asbury
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Lucita (as Barbara Luna)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Achilles Guzman (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
Alex Montoya ...
Max Charcas
Richard Norris ...
Dottweiler
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Whelan
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After Eliot Ness and the Untouchables have spent a year of putting the case together, the federal prosecutor is finally ready to go after racketeer Ted Newberry. Their prime witness, Julius Imbry, is under police protection and living in a hotel. Newberry's top gunman Jerry Fanning botches a planned hit but crooked politicians at city hall, as worried as anyone else about what might be revealed, arrange for Imbry to leave town. Now both Fanning and Eliot Ness head to Mexico to find Imbry and either kill him or bring him back for the trial. Written by garykmcd

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26 November 1959 (USA)  »

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Porter on Train: [Two Agents stop him in the corridor outside a killer's compartment] But, I have to deliver these sandwiches!
Eliot Ness: [Shows badge] He changed his mind.
Porter on Train: He sure did!
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La Cucaracha
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Performed by Natividad Vacío
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A rather dumb episode.
12 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Mexican Stake-Out" is the worst episode of "The Untouchables" so far. While I am sure there are worse, this is the first big disappointment of season 1 and the other episodes were by and large extremely well made. The biggest problem about this one is that it simply makes little sense. And, with Martin Landau as the guest villain, it reminds me of a few episodes of "Mission: Impossible" in that the plan is ridiculously overly complicated and convoluted.

When the show begins, some weasel named Embry is supposed to testify against some mob boss named Newberry. However, the night before the trial, Embry is kidnapped from the Feds protecting him and most folks just assume he'd been murdered...but not Ness. Now here is where the story runs amok--Newberry wants his favorite henchmen (Landau) to pretend to help Ness and tells him that Embry is in Mexico. Now Ness, a Federal agent, has no authority in Mexico so he does what any intelligent lawman would do--he sneaks into the country with only one assistant (Vince Edwards). To make this brilliant plan even better, Ness doesn't know Spanish!! Duh. Yet, unbelievably, this ridiculous plan somehow is supposed to work and Newberry will be brought to justice!

Too many stupid story angles make this one a chore to watch. Even with a great character actor like Landau, it's just dumb.


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