The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Jake Lingle Killing 

A newspaperman is murdered for double-crossing some mobsters. So a reward-seeking ex-con decides to work with Ness and find the killer.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Barney 'Bugs' Birch
Bill Hagen
Phillip Pine ...
Jack Zuta
Angie Viale
Jake Lingle
LaMarr Kane
Narrator (voice)


The Birch and Viale gangs are starting to encroach on each others turf and a gang war is on the verge of erupting. When a journalist, Jake Lingle, writes about it he soon finds himself dead. There is public outrage at the killing and the DA wants to keep it that way although it's obvious Lingle may have been a middle man between the mob and corrupt policemen. After a $25,000 reward is posted for bringing the killers to justice Bill Hagen, a self-styled detective but more or less a bounty hunter, tells Ness he will solve the case. Birch offers Hagen a better deal however. Written by garykmcd

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Action | Crime | Drama





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29 October 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Great List Of Guest Stars, But Needed More Zip
14 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Walter Winchell sets this episode up right in the beginning with a narration that explains that "Geographically, Chicago always had its North and South side. In the early 1930s these terms had a very special significance. They referred to the territories of rival gangs......the line of demarcation was never clearly drawn and territories overlapped and were often in dispute. The result: gang wars."

After the last one, a newspaper writer, Jake Lingle, gives the details of it and is shot the next day. It is first time that the mob has killed a reporter, and the public is furious. This then, is the story of what happened afterward.

Jack Lord (Hawaii Five-O), Charles McGraw and John Beradino, three famous actors of the 1950s and 1960s (McGraw goes back to the film noirs of the late '40s) are guest star in this episode. None of them play "good guys." although Lord's character proves otherwise in some respects. He's the most interesting of the people in here as the double-dealing "Hagen," who winds up working for Ness but not liking it.

It turns out the newspaper guy who was killed wasn't on the up-and-up, either, but Ness and boys race for time before the public hears about that, hoping to capitalize on the furor of the murder.

Overall, an episode that should have been better considering the premise and the interesting guest stars. It's main fault: too talky.

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