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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Gangsters Do Themselves In
8 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jack Weston plays a slob-like thug nicknamed "The Artichoke King" who is terrorizing the produce industry in New York City. In town for a brief stay, Elliott and the boys decide to see if they can get this sick murderer before he causes more harm.

This was an interesting episode thanks to a number of facts presented about how gangsters operated back in the era, such as how the largest flowers sent to the funeral almost always indicated who killed the fellow mobster. That's what this story winds up being about: rivalry inside the gang in which "Ciro Terranova" (Weston) has a subordinate "Frankie Yale" knocked off after the latter "becomes too big for his britches." Ness pits one gangster after another until they incriminate themselves..

There are other good guest stars in here, such as Mike Mazurki, Al Ruscio, Jerry Paris and others, and the photography is excellent, too. I had no idea these "The Untouchables" TV shows were so well-filmed until this DVD came out. This was solid camera-work done on these shows.

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