The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Tri-State Gang 

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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eliot Ness
Wally Legenza
'Big' Bill Phillips (as Alan Hale)
Flora Weinberg
Agent Martin Flaherty
Georgie Kaufman
Artie McLeod
Roxane Berard ...
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Dauphine
Willie Weinberg
Amy Randall
Joseph Mell ...
Sidney Weinberg
John Ward ...
Bobby Mais
Agent William Youngfellow
Agent Enrico Rossi
LaMarr Kane


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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Action | Crime | Drama






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10 December 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several times after murders committed by William Bendix's character, Eliot Ness recovers revolver shell casings from the crime scene. Shell casings fired from a revolver are not automatically ejected from the gun, as they would be from a semi-automatic pistol; they would remain in the revolver's cylinder until deliberately removed by the shooter. Hence, they would not be found at the crime scenes. See more »


Featured in Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas (2011) See more »


Performed by Alan Hale Jr. and Roxane Berard
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An Untouchable dies
8 June 2012 | by 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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