The Untouchables: Season 2, Episode 25

Mr. Moon (20 Apr. 1961)

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Melanthos Moon is a San Francisco art and antique dealer who manages to hijack a large supply of the special paper used to print U.S. Currency. He then arranges to spring from Leavenworth ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Melanthos Moon
Bruce Gordon ...
Hans Dreiser
Ellen Madison ...
Millie Joplin
Robert Osterloh ...
Benny Joplin
Abel Fernandez ...
Nicholas Georgiade ...
Russ Conway ...
Tommy Nello ...
Stewart Bradley ...
Byron Morrow ...
S.S. Chief
Walter Winchell ...
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Melanthos Moon is a San Francisco art and antique dealer who manages to hijack a large supply of the special paper used to print U.S. Currency. He then arranges to spring from Leavenworth prison master counterfeiter Hans Dreiser to engrave the plates to produce the money. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables are soon on to him having followed Moon's henchman Benny Joplin back to his Oakland, California home. With the phony money available, Moon then approaches Chicago mobster Frank Nitti with an offer of $100 million split 50/50 with Nitti distributing the cash. Ness and his men are out to get one of the nearly perfect bills to get the serial number and stop the distribution of the cash before it starts. Written by garykmcd

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Moon Rise and Fall
11 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

What was nice about this Untouchables episode is that they stuck strictly within the jurisdiction of the Treasury Department, in this case going after a very clever counterfeit scheme. Too often in The Untouchables Robert Stack and the squad are going into areas the Treasury Department would never be involved in.

Step one in this scheme was the hijacking of a truck where a shipment of paper for the Treasury to print money on is accomplished with driver and guard killed. After that the Treasury agents in every major region are on alert including The Untouchables in Chicago.

Chicago's involved all right, but the scheme originates in San Francisco with antique dealer and crime boss Victor Buono who operates out of Chinatown. Buono works step two to spring master engraver Karl Swenson from Leavenworth and put him to work. In no time he's printing nearly perfect bills of large denominations.

But he's also got Swenson working like a slave and cooped up in an apartment with a triggerman who does not appreciate Swenson refined taste in classical music. That in fact proves to be his undoing and what brings Buono's scheme with Frank Nitti in Chicago to a screeching halt.

Eliot Ness and the squad were at the top of their game in this episode.

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