The Untouchables: Season 1, Episode 9

The Tri-State Gang (10 Dec. 1959)

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A notorious gang that hijacks trucks is unstoppable...until one of its members falls for a young French woman who can identify their leader.

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Wally Legenza
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'Big' Bill Phillips (as Alan Hale)
Florence Halop ...
Flora Weinberg
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Jay Adler ...
Georgie Kaufman
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Artie McLeod
Roxane Berard ...
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Dauphine
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Willie Weinberg
Peggy Maley ...
Amy Randall
Joseph Mell ...
Sidney Weinberg
John Ward ...
Bobby Mais
Abel Fernandez ...
Nicholas Georgiade ...
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LaMarr Kane
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Eliot Ness and his team are brought in on special duty to deal with the Tri-State Gang operating in the Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania areas. They have been hijacking trucks and its leader, Wally Legenza, is quite vicious leaving no witnesses at the crime scenes. Legenza has a bad temper and he isn't too pleased when he learns that his top man, 'Big' Bill Phillips has a new girlfriend. This leads to a chain of events that eventually has Legenza broke and on the run. Desperation leads him to try and quickly get some cash and right into the arms of Ness and the Untouchables. Written by garykmcd

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The gangsters are holed up in a hotel near Richmond, Virginia when one of the gang members is killed. The newspaper they are reading from is named "Philadelphia Globe." See more »

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An Untouchable dies
8 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

William Bendix as the special guest star dominates this episode of The Untouchables as a coldblooded leader of a gang of truck hijackers who've got robbery of the big rigs down to a science. One of the reason that they can't be apprehended is that Bendix leaves no witnesses, tying the drivers to a tree and just shooting them down.

Other than it would probably be the FBI who would have jurisdiction in such a case if one is prepared to overlook such petty details and enjoy how Robert Stack and the group track down these killers.

This episode is also distinguished by the fact that an Untouchable dies in a shootout with some of the Tri-State Gang as Bendix's crew is called. Not one of the series regulars, one of the anonymous T-Men that Eliot Ness uses on raids. Still unusual for that period.

William Bendix was one of the best actors around who could play comedy or drama, be a lovable good guy or a killer and do them all well. Until I saw this Untouchable episode I always thought Bendix was meanest in The Glass Key on the big screen. But this performance was a revelation.

And you'll really like the way Bendix ends up. I wouldn't dream of telling.


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