A new 5 and 10 cent game using punch boards has become very popular and lucrative for the syndicate that controls it. With Eliot Ness and the Untouchables targeting them, receipts are down ... See full summary »

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A new 5 and 10 cent game using punch boards has become very popular and lucrative for the syndicate that controls it. With Eliot Ness and the Untouchables targeting them, receipts are down so they decide to accept New York hood Nate Selko's plan to deal with Ness. Selko's offer of a bribe is rejected by Ness out of hand so he goes to plan B: set Ness up to shoot a man who is apparently unarmed. Ness knows he was fired at first but when no gun is found anywhere at the scene, it becomes front page news and he forced to defend himself both publicly and to the DA Written by garykmcd

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Falk Leads A Great Guest-Star List In A Riveting Story
29 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Peter Falk is riveting in here as, "Nate Selko," a "troubleshooter" from New York City brought into Chicago. Things haven't going well in the punch-board rackets with Elliot Ness and his Untouchables cracking down on the gambling game that has swept the city.

"Selko" is a brutal-but-intelligent thug who not only goes after Ness (through a corrupt newspaper man) but also some of the gang members, eventually putting himself in charge through intimidation. In the end Ness has to outsmart him, or he could be out of a job.

That's one thing that makes this episode so good - everyone is going up against everyone else, and let the chips fall where they may. Add to that kind story, a brilliant guest cast - Falk, Murray Hamilton, Vincent Gardenia and Ned Glass - and you have a fantastic episode.


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