The Untouchables: Season 2, Episode 10

The Otto Frick Story (22 Dec. 1960)

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Otto Frick is a drug dealer with a traveling group of distributors. Ness and his men trace his supply chain to a book shop whose owner regularly visits the German Consulate in New York. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Messlinger
Hans Eberhardt
Otto Frick
Erika Peters ...
Hedda Messlinger
Abel Fernandez ...
Nicholas Georgiade ...
Stacy Harris ...
Capt. Reardon
Fred Nurney ...
Felix Boll
Manning Loder
Nathaniel Emmons
Joseph Mell ...
Herschel Levitan
Molly Roden ...
Elaine Levitan


Otto Frick is a drug dealer with a traveling group of distributors. Ness and his men trace his supply chain to a book shop whose owner regularly visits the German Consulate in New York. Ness soon realizes that the Nazis are supplying Frick and that one of its agents, Walter Messlinger, is the point of contact. What Ness doesn't yet realize is that Messlinger wants Frick's experience as a hood to start using Nazi strong-arm tactics against local citizens. He also enlists Frick's right-hand man, Hans Eberhardt, to set up a protection racket against Jewish shopkeepers. When Ness intercepts one of the German drug shipments, Frick starts putting pressure on his German contact and it all comes to a head on the night of big German-American Bund rally at Madison Square Gardens. Written by garykmcd

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Nothing the Nazis wouldn't stoop to
22 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode must have been near and dear to narrator Walter Winchell's heart. During the Thirties columnist Winchell was one of the very first to report on the activities of the German American Bund and had Eliot Ness really been involved with dealing with subversives he would have been as lauded by Winchell as J. Edgar Hoover was.

This story involves The Untouchables in New York investigating Jack Warden a narcotics peddler of German descent who made his headquarters in the Yorkville section of Manhattan. His investigation shows that he's getting his supplies directly from the Nazis in Europe to fund their American propaganda efforts.

The contact man is Francis Lederer who has much bigger game in mind than getting rich off junkies. He wants Warden to help him organize the German American community and start a protection racket therein. Of course in Nazi fashion the initial targets will be Jews. For said effort, Warden lends Lederer his top enforcer young Richard Jaeckel. And the lovely young Erika Peters who is Lederer's 'niece' truly sweetens the deal for Jaeckel.

Back in the day Winchell used to refer to domestic Nazi sympathizers as 'Hitler rooters'. This episode proves that there's nothing the Hilter rooters wouldn't stoop to in order to gain their objective.

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