The Untouchables: Season 4, Episode 1

The Night They Shot Santa Claus (25 Sep. 1962)

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It's Christmas eve 1930 and Eliot Ness and his men are investigating the murder of a close friend of his, Hap Levinson. The man had been playing Santa Claus at a children's orphanage and ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bertha Levinson
Russell Collins ...
Mr. Edges
Nicholas Georgiade ...
Abel Fernandez ...
Curt Conway ...
Police Lt. Clay
Ben Astar ...
Barry Russo ...
Brikka (as John Duke)
Murvyn Vye ...
Mike Volny


It's Christmas eve 1930 and Eliot Ness and his men are investigating the murder of a close friend of his, Hap Levinson. The man had been playing Santa Claus at a children's orphanage and had just left when he was gunned down by a passing car. Levinson was the front man in a nightclub-speakeasy and he and Ness had spent many hours together laughing and passing the time of day. As Ness looks into his old friend's background, he learns that he may have had a girlfriend named Renée that he kept in a downtown apartment. It's readily apparent that she's a junkie and what he learns about his friend isn't pretty. Soon, mobsters are being knocked off and it seems someone is getting rid of witnesses to a crime. Written by garykmcd

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29 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Eliot Ness and The Untouchables get good and involved in what would normally be a homicide handled by the Chicago PD. That's because Robert Stack was friendly with the victim, a nightclub comedian and front man for a club run by mobster Murvyn Vye. The killing was brutal too, the victim was shot down while in a Santa Claus suit after leaving an orphanage run by Russell Collins.

What happened was that the victim did witness a slaying at the nightclub and those the police think of as witnesses are being systematically eliminated. While that's going on Vye remains hidden and unavailable.

A good episode to kick off the final season of The Untouchables. Best performance in there is that of Edward Asner who was another witness. His scene with Robert Stack in the police station where Asner spills all the beans is the highlight of this episode. Asner plays a real mook of a human being, but tragic nonetheless.

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