The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Troubleshooter 

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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Eliot Ness
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Harry Danigan
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Max Riegel
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Jake Petrie
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Nate Selko
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Lee Hobson
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Enrico Rossi
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William Youngfellow
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Al Deemers
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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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12 October 1961 (USA)  »

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Wow, does Peter Falk play a nasty guy in this one!
22 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

This episode is about something real life Treasury agents would never concern themselves with...gambling. Still, with "The Untouchables" you need to forget about facts and just enjoy.

The gangs are apparently getting rich off punchboards--a type of gambling that was common back in the day. In essence, a person paid and got to scratch a single number off a tote board...some were winners and most were not. Because of this, they were very profitable...but the amount of profit is diminishing due the work of Ness and his men. So, a meeting of the various punchboard barons takes place and a new troubleshooter, Nate Selko (Peter Falk) is introduced as the answer to their problems. Soon Selko sets up Ness for shooting an unarmed suspect. And, soon all the folks who could tell the truth start dying! Clearly, Selko is not a nice fellow! The problem is that Selko is so nasty and so scary that even the gangs are afraid of him! What's next?

This one is very enjoyable because of Falk's performance and how well the character is written. Hard to ignore...and very exciting.


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