When Al Capone is imprisoned for tax evasion, he leaves his operation in the hands of two of his lieutenants: Mayer Wartel is responsible for the speakeasies and Carl Positan is left in ... See full summary »

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When Al Capone is imprisoned for tax evasion, he leaves his operation in the hands of two of his lieutenants: Mayer Wartel is responsible for the speakeasies and Carl Positan is left in charge of the breweries. Wartel however soon ensures that he is left as the only one in charge and is soon dubbed Capone's heir apparent. He's a severe hypochondriac and a chronic worrier so when he takes a dislike to the newspaper articles about him, he personally gets rid of the editor. Wartel had his gun made from scratch and of unique lightweight materials which results in Ness being able to track down the gunsmith and keep him under surveillance. When worrier Wartel gets wind of Ness' interest, he hires contract killer Harry Strauss to get rid of him. The fact that his target is under constant watch only adds to thrill of the kill. Written by garykmcd

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19 January 1961 (USA)  »

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Actor Alexander Lockwood is credited as Professor Hinds, but his footage was edited out. See more »

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Mayer Wartel shoots Michael Shaw three times. In the subsequent investigation, Eliot Ness and a crime lab technician say there was only one murder bullet and one expended shell casing. See more »

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Paranoia would be his undoing...
29 February 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Most of the episodes of "The Untouchables" are available to watch on YouTube. Oddly, however, this one is available but nearly unwatchable because the picture is badly scrambled. So, you'll either have to catch this one on television, get it from Netflix or buy the season two set yourself.

This show is about a very thorough and paranoid mob boss, Mayer Wartel (Robert Middleton). He's also a bit predictable. This is because he has a one of a kind handmade masterpiece of a gun and it's his signature...and Ness needs to find it in order to pin murders on him. However, the man who can link Wartel to his crimes is also a man Wartel is planning on having killed by a top assassin (Rip Torn). Can Ness prevent this killing and, if not, how can they possibly catch Wartel?

This is a decent episode about how a man's paranoia can be his undoing. Like so many episodes in the series, Ness really doesn't need to do much...just let the thugs kill each other! Worth seeing...if you can find a good copy.


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