The Untouchables: Season 1, Episode 8

The Artichoke King (3 Dec. 1959)

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A gangster who controls the produce market in New York has a colleague bumped off. But when the hit man he hired gets greedy, he has to get rid of him too.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ciro Terranova
Felix Burke
Abel Fernandez ...
Nicholas Georgiade ...
Eugene Iglesias ...
Tony Cestari
Frankie Marlowe
Mrs. Terranova
Sophia Cestari
Lane Chandler ...
Selette Cole ...
Mrs. Stearns
Walter Winchell ...
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The mob is out to take control of the wholesale distribution of produce in New York City and Eliot Ness and the Untouchable are brought in on special assignment to deal with it. The mobster behind it all is Ciro Terranova, the Artichoke King. Ness is convinced that Terranova was behind the recent killing of a legitimate produce distributor. Terranova's collector Frankie Yale killed the man and is also out to get of a piece of his boss' empire. They now put the arm on the dead man's son, Tony Cestari, to pay up but he turns to Eliot Ness for help. Terranova's solution to the Frankie Yale problem is to bring in a hit man from Chicago. Written by garykmcd

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Barely housebroken
8 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The omnipresent Untouchables are working on every gangster case in the country according to the television when in actuality they never ventured much beyond their prime location of Chicago. Here they are involved in trying to take down Ciro Terranova the self styled artichoke king.

From gangland lore Terranova was just like the barely housebroken performance we see Jack Weston give with his doormat of a wife Meg Wylie. What's not true is that Frankie Yale as played by Al Ruscio never worked for Terranova, but he did try muscling in on the wholesale produce beat and he got killed and the largest gangster funeral in New York was his. Some say it rivaled those in Chicago.

Two true incidents of the robbery at the Roman Gardens and the death of Frankie Yale are worked into the plot. Neither in real life had anything to do with the other.

Nice to see that The Untouchables were on the job.

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