The Untouchables: Season 2, Episode 20

The Antidote (9 Mar. 1961)

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For years the Federal government has been trying to find a way to chemically de-nature industrial alcohol, but the mob has always found a way to re-nature the substance. In Chicago, the ... See full summary »

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Wally Baltzer
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Lorna Willis
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For years the Federal government has been trying to find a way to chemically de-nature industrial alcohol, but the mob has always found a way to re-nature the substance. In Chicago, the chief supplier of alcohol to the mob is Wally Baltzer who employs a crew of chemists to ensure a smooth flow of the product. The latest government formula is proving hard to crack and one of Baltzer's chemists, the physically disabled Russell Shield, sees an opportunity to make a name and a small fortune for himself. When his colleague develops the right chemical formula, Shield decides to kill him and blackmail Baltzer and Frank Nitti. Written by garykmcd

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Chemical Properties
4 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The chemical properties of industrial alcohol come to the attention of The Untouchables after a chemist invents a formula to denature the stuff and make it suitable for human consumption.

But an ambitious yet crippled Joseph Wiseman who is also chemist murders to get the formula then goes into partnership with Telly Savalas and Jeff Corey a pair of fine mobsters who think they've got a good thing going with Wiseman. But Wiseman has an agenda all his own that takes him right to the top of the underworld in the person of Frank Nitti.

Wiseman is a rather ruthless cold fish of a human being and a pair of crutches and a limp don't stop him in the slightest. He's really the one who steals this episode out from under the noses of the regulars and the other cast members.


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