The Untouchables: Season 1, Episode 25

Portrait of a Thief (7 Apr. 1960)

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The president of a firm that distributes alcohol is connected to the mob and has been swindling his company for years. But then the mob turns on him.

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Brooks Wells
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E. Carlton Duncan
Anthony George ...
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Warden Carroll
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Alan Dexter ...
Vince Farrell
Harry Landers ...
Phil Martin
Harlan Warde ...
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Eliot Ness and the Untouchables have put a sizable dent in Al Capone's operation but they now find that legitimately produced alcohol is making it's way onto the illegal booze market. With the help of the Federal District Attorneys in Chicago and New York, they trace the liquor to Brawly Mills, a major food and beverage manufacturer located in the city of Brawley, New York. The president of the company, E. Carlton Duncan denies any wrong doing, as does his senior executive Brooks Wells. Ness however finds a connection to bootlegger and criminal Johnny Torrio who the agents recently killed in a liquor raid. Looking for any definitive tie between Duncan and the mobster, he finds that Duncan and Wells are actually assumed identities and that they may have met Torrio in prison fifteen years before. Written by garykmcd

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Two Men Up to Their Necks in It
9 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Written by Herbert Abbott Spiro, who was a prolific television writer for a few years in the 1950s; less so after. This was his only "Untouchables;" the story is fairly routine and Spiro has a tin ear for the dialog of the lawmen, though Ness gets in a few decent quips. Another decrement is Charles McGraw as Johnny Torrio; McGraw plays Torrio as a common, generic hood, and there is nothing in his performance that would connect you to the real Torrio, who was Al Capone's mentor and a good deal more imposing than this cheapjack. This episode was the only "Untouchables" to draw upon Torrio as a character. An early plot point turns on the killing by Ness' men of Guillermo Torrio, Johnny's nephew, during a raid. But don't break out Wikipedia to look him up, as Guillermo was not a real person. Despite the issues with Spiro's script, there are two very fine, nuanced performances by TV mainstays Edward Andrews and Henry Jones as legit alcohol dealers (in the depression year of 1931) up to their necks in trouble with Torrio's gang, and on their way down -- this is the best reason to watch.


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