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"The Untouchables" The Matt Bass Scheme (1961)

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A brilliant idea....an okay episode.

7/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
3 March 2016

When the episode begins, Ness is having incredible success against Nitti's breweries. Again and again, they uncover the places and arrest everyone. However, at about the same time Matt Bass (Telly Ssvalas) and Jason Fiddler (Milton Selzer) are getting out of prison and they have a plan to help Nitti avoid these raids. But Nitti isn't at all interested, so their pipeline idea isn't even considered. And so, they keep losing money and Nitti gradually starts losing his cool. Eventually, even the hard-headed Nitti is willing to listen to this plan...but naturally Ness is one step behind.

This marks the third episode out of the last 8-10 in which Michael Constantine appears. Otherwise, it's interesting but rather unremarkable.

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Pipe Dream

6/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
26 November 2013

Newly released from prison at the same time a city engineer who took some bribes played by Milton Seltzer is, Telly Savalas cooks up a scheme that will supply unlimited booze for Frank Nitti and the speakeasies that he takes care of.

Engineer Seltzer's plan calls for a pipeline to be laid in the Chicago sewers next to all the other pipes that will run Bruce Gordon's booze from the suburbs. Of course that also requires Savalas ratting out Gordon's current delivery system to Robert Stack and The Untouchables.

Savalas is one ruthless customer who is matching Gordon kill for kill in this episode. Stack has to be on his toes to shut down this operation.

An interesting scenario that may very well have been tried in Chicago and other cities. Those bootleggers were quite ingenious in their methods of avoiding Prohibition.

Alas as Walter Winchell narrates it turns out to be just a pipe dream.

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A Lot Of Things To Like In This Episode

10/10
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
15 February 2012

Telly Savalas, who went on to become a huge TV star a decade later with "Kojak," plays the crook "Matt Bass" in this episode, which features Bruce Gordon ("Frank Nitti") and Michael Constantine "Seth Otis"). All are gangsters and all are figuring a way they could move their booze out of Chicago and then bring it back to the speakeasies. Things have gotten too tight in the city with Eliott Ness and his Untouchables wrecking one distillery after another.

Bass, a former boss of Nitti in the Capone gang, is now out of the stir and - thanks to an engineering genius in jail - has a plan.....but Nitti doesn't want to hear it. He has his own plan.

Bass makes sure Nitti will listen to him next time....and he does.

My favorite scene in this episode is when two of Capone's henchmen visit Nitti and give him a lecture on just what's what. It is a riveting scene.

Milton Selzer, John Harmon and Joseph Bernard are all convincing in supporting roles. The film noir photography is also fantastic.

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