The Untouchables: Season 2, Episode 30

The King of Champagne (25 May 1961)

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After Federal Agents destroy a large shipment of champagne there a void in the market. Bottle manufacturer Edmund Wald decides that perhaps the time has come to start filling the bottles he... See full summary »

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Robert Middleton ...
Barney Loomis
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Edmund Wald
Barry Morse ...
Michel Viton
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Birdie
Abel Fernandez ...
Nicholas Georgiade ...
Jason Wingreen ...
Grant Richards ...
Harry Brooks
Ben Wright ...
John Wellin
Jack Anthony ...
Louie Monk
Jean Harvey ...
Mrs. Loomis
Walter Winchell ...
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After Federal Agents destroy a large shipment of champagne there a void in the market. Bottle manufacturer Edmund Wald decides that perhaps the time has come to start filling the bottles he sells. He teams with a bootleg liquor distributor, Michel Viton, who has the contacts to sell the stuff to. He also gets his cheapskate uncle Barney Loomis, a legitimate restaurant owner, involved by getting him to lend him the up-front money he needs to the the illicit liquor operation underway. Wald is taking all the risk however with both Viton and Loomis making sure their own interests are protected. Wald has his own plans however. Written by garykmcd

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Corner the market on champagne
18 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The time that this Untouchables episode is taking place is November of 1932 after the election when FDR was president-elect and everyone knew Prohibition was coming to an end. Which makes all the maneuvering in this story quite unfathomable. A little patience and everyone would be drinking legally.

But Michael Constantine wants to corner the market in champagne and goes through an elaborate scheme to do just that. He takes into partnership an elegant Frenchman in Barry Morse and a penny pinching restaurant owner Robert Middleton who is Constantine's uncle.

Both Morse and Middleton squeeze Constantine pretty good and in the end he decides it might be better to be a sole proprietor. Unfortunately for him Robert Stack and his team are hot on his trail.

Also in this episode is George Kennedy who plays a deaf mute killer for Constantine who only wants to be paid in booze.

Good cast, but only a fair story.


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