The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Nero Rankin Story 

Although Eliot Ness and the Untouchables managed to destroy the Underground Court, they have yet to make a dent against the Syndicate, which has re-grouped and continues to operate. They ... See full summary »

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Eliot Ness
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Nero Rankin
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Huey Barker
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Althea
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Lee Hobson
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William Youngfellow
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Enrico Rossi
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Jack Rossman
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Pat Polofski
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Lefty Southern (as John Duke)
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Although Eliot Ness and the Untouchables managed to destroy the Underground Court, they have yet to make a dent against the Syndicate, which has re-grouped and continues to operate. They elect Nero Rankin to chair the national board of the syndicate, but the choice wasn't unanimous. He's also in poor health and that leads Sylvia Orkins, who loves Rankin and is convinced he will die or be killed, to approach Eliot Ness to do something, anything, to get him out of his new job. Rankin knows he has only about a year to live and that he's an unpopular chairman so he offers Ness a deal: lay off the Syndicate for the year and when he's dead, he'll provide Ness with the Syndicate's books. When Ness turns him down, Rankin decides that there's only one option: fight back. Written by garykmcd

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11 May 1961 (USA)  »

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A most ridiculous episode.
14 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Eliot Ness and The Untouchables are out to take down yet another syndicate after a vacuum in leadership in which Will Kulava takes over mainly because no one else could muster the support. But Kulava has a heart condition and knows he might go at any time. Still some aren't willing to wait that long.

I have to say that this was a story that was totally incoherent. After Kulava takes over his own secretary goes to Eliot Ness to take him down before he dies. Kulava responds by killing Jean Carson. Then John Dehner manages to get Kulava a new secretary in the person of Joanna Moore. She's from the Elizabeth Ray secretarial school, doesn't file doesn't type, but depending on the subject takes marvelous dictation. Dehner is a syndicate rival and wants a spy in Kulava's ranks.

And then the syndicate decides on Moslem like terror tactics when Ness won't quit.

Do you get the idea that this was one of the most ridiculous episodes that the show ever had?


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