The Untouchables: Season 2, Episode 14

The Masterpiece (19 Jan. 1961)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Robert Middleton ...
Mayer Wartel
Herman Kihn
Bruce Gordon ...
Harry Strauss
Happy Levinsky
Abel Fernandez ...
Nicholas Georgiade ...
Harry Shannon ...
Michael Shaw
Addison Richards ...
William Adcock
Alexander Lockwood ...
Jason Wingreen ...
Walter Winchell ...
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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 »


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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Lots To Like In This One
6 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The villains in this episode are just outstanding; fun to watch. Guys like Robert Middleton and George Voskovec may not be names most of us know but they were very familiar faces to those who watched TV around the '60s. They - especially Middleton - were great character actors.

Middleton plays "Mayer Wartel," a guy ready to take over after Al Capone is put in jail. He's a worry wart and a hypochondriac which adds to the fascination of his character as a ruthless thug who eliminates anyone in competition with him. Voskevec plays "Herman Kihn" who also is a multi-dimensional characters; a superb gunsmith who pulls off a fantastic "twist" later in this story.

Meanwhile, Rip Torn is terrific as notorious hit-man "Pittsburgh Phil." With the acting, photography and interesting storyline, this is one of the better episodes of "The Untouchables."

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