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"The Untouchables" The Troubleshooter (1961)

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Original Air Date:
12 October 1961 (Season 3, Episode 1)
A new 5 and 10 cent game using punch boards has become very popular and lucrative for the syndicate that controls it... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Wow, does Peter Falk play a nasty guy in this one! See more (3 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness

Murray Hamilton ... Harry Danigan

Ned Glass ... Max Riegel

Vincent Gardenia ... Jake Petrie

Peter Falk ... Nate Selko

Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson

Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi

Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow

Steve London ... Jack Rossman
Michael Dana ... Al Deemers

Vladimir Sokoloff ... Sam

Frank Wilcox ... Beecher Asbury
Barnaby Hale ... Ned Beemis
John McLiam ... Rick Landy

Walter Winchell ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bleifer ... Janitor (uncredited)

Gail Bonney ... Nurse (uncredited)

Paul Bryar ... Detroit Representative (uncredited)
Albert Cavens ... Guard (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Bartender (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Barber (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Stuart Rosenberg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oscar Fraley  book "The Untouchables"
Eliot Ness  book "The Untouchables"
Louis Pelletier  written by

Produced by
Alan A. Armer .... executive producer (as Alan Armer)
Vincent McEveety .... associate producer
Stuart Rosenberg .... producer
Cinematography by
Charles Straumer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert L. Swanson 
Art Direction by
Rolland M. Brooks 
Howard Hollander 
Set Decoration by
Harry Gordon 
Makeup Department
Kiva Hoffman .... makeup artist
Production Management
James Paisley .... production supervisor (as James A. Paisley)
Marvin Stuart .... production manager
Jerry Thorpe .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Schilz .... assistant director
Art Department
Alan Levine .... property master (as Allan Levine)
Sound Department
Stanford Houghton .... sound engineer (as S.G. Haughton)
Joseph G. Sorokin .... sound editor
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom May .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Delmar .... costumer
Editorial Department
Bill Heath .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Robert H. Raff .... music supervisor (as Robert Raff)
Nelson Riddle .... composer: themes
Other crew
Kellam de Forest .... researcher
Del Reisman .... story editor

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Produced by
Bert Granet .... producer
Original Music by
Jack Cookerly 
William Loose 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lou Watt .... second assistant director
Special Effects by
A.D. Flowers .... special effects
A. Paul Pollard .... special effects
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Wow, does Peter Falk play a nasty guy in this one!, 22 March 2016
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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