When boxer Joey McGrath dies in the ring, the medical examiner reports no special circumstances and the Press put it down to a tragic accident. A lab technician in the ME's office informs ... See full summary »

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When boxer Joey McGrath dies in the ring, the medical examiner reports no special circumstances and the Press put it down to a tragic accident. A lab technician in the ME's office informs Eliot Ness that the medical report was fixed and McGrath had a high level of morphine in his blood, suggesting he had been drugged before the bout. McGrath's manager Barney Jarreau is a straight arrow who wasn't involved in the fix but with the McGrath incident about to be reviewed, numbers racketeer Rudy Krasna decides to force Jarreau's hand to fix an upcoming championship fight. Ness pressures Jarreau to help them out but he is reluctant to do so in order to protect his wife. Written by garykmcd

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13 April 1961 (USA)  »

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Boxing and organized crime
8 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The death of a boxer who was drugged with a lot of morphine during a fight brings Eliot Ness and The Untouchables into this case. Turns out his trainer Walter Burke who was a junkie himself did the deed. Then he winds up dead in a bathtub.

Who's behind it is of course the syndicate. Boxing and organized crime have always had a symbiotic relationship of sorts. During the 30s the syndicate owned the heavyweight championship briefly with Primo Carnera in real life.

The key is manager Harold J. Stone who has a reputation as a straight arrow in the fight game. But sad to say his wife Viveca Lindfors has the fact that she is an illegal alien in her past. Something that the syndicate will use if necessary to keep Stone from telling what he knows.

I've come to the conclusion that when The Untouchables uses real names and events to fashion an episode many times it's inferior to one like this where reality doesn't enter the picture. This one is very good and Viveca Lindfors really steals it as a woman with a past who loves her husband.


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