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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Wally Legenza
'Big' Bill Phillips (as Alan Hale)
Florence Halop ...
Flora Weinberg
Jay Adler ...
Georgie Kaufman
Artie McLeod
Roxane Berard ...
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Dauphine
Willie Weinberg
Peggy Maley ...
Amy Randall
Joseph Mell ...
Sidney Weinberg
John Ward ...
Bobby Mais
Abel Fernandez ...
Nicholas Georgiade ...
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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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 »


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

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Best Episode Yet, Thanks To Bendix
14 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

William Bendix, before he became well-known as the lovable "Chester A. Riley" of TV's "The Life Of Riley," was an actor who played a lot of brutal gangsters in movies. He once punched Alan Ladd in a movie and knocked him out cold. (Bendix, apparently, wasn't acting!). Anyway, he's back in this late '50s crime show playing another tough "animal," was Walter Winchell describes him in the introduction. Bendix plays "Wally Legenza," a savage killer and leader of "The Tri-State Gang," which hijacked a lot of trucks.

This episode features a number of "name" actors in addition to Bendix: Alan Hale, Jay Adler and Gavin MacLeod, to name three. Florence Halop may not be a "name" but she's face you've seen many times if you are over watcher of classic TV shows.

Nonethess, Bendix makes this best show thus far in Season One. He has a lot of the wisecracks like I loved hearing so much in "The Blue Dahlia," a film noir of the '40s. Here, as "Wally Legenza."

Bendix just made me laugh out loud a number of times with his brutal tough-guy dialog. Great stuff and great photography, once again, too. This looks as good as any noir. This episode makes the purchase of this half-season on DVD worthwhile.

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