The Untouchables: Season 1, Episode 11

You Can't Pick the Number (24 Dec. 1959)

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Eliot Ness and the Untouchables set their sights shutting down the numbers racket. The numbers are like a lottery where anyone can place a bet of up to one dollar on a three digit number. ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Al Morrisey
Phil Morrisey
Abel Fernandez ...
Nicholas Georgiade ...
LaMarr Kane
King Calder ...
Mr. Sampson
Pat Danning
Walter Winchell ...
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Eliot Ness and the Untouchables set their sights shutting down the numbers racket. The numbers are like a lottery where anyone can place a bet of up to one dollar on a three digit number. The payout for a full dollar bet is $600 so the profit for the mob, who run the racket, is the remaining 40%. Ness wants to shut down that cash flow which can be used for more heinous crimes. They think they may have an in when one of Al Morrissey's collectors is stabbed. Ness pressures Agent Marty Flaherty to make contact with Morrissey, an old friend who once saved his life. Before he can do anything, the Chicago police arrest Morrissey for gambling violations and Marty focuses on Al's son, Phil Morrissey but with little luck until his father pays the price for being connected to the mob. Written by garykmcd

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Two of the greatest actors in history
1 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although state lotteries have to some extent cut down on the numbers racket, still to a large degree in poor areas the traffic in it goes pretty much unabated. Eliot Ness and his Untouchables never in real life if memory serves got any kind of involved with this underworld vice. But the show was not much for accuracy.

Jay C. Flippen and Darryl Hickman are a pair of numbers runners who are father and son. Untouchable Jerry Paris has history with Flippen and tries to get him to rat out the syndicate. Of course they don't until some unfortunate circumstances that Flippen can't control make him a marked man with the syndicate.

Whit Bissell is the boss of the numbers racket and he's pretty good being cast against type. But he and Flippen have a scene where Flippen is on 'trial' at the headquarters for screwing up. Bissell is behind the curtain like Frank Morgan because no one but a handful know who Mr. Big is.

Flippen and Bissell may qualify as two of the greatest actors in history for not breaking out in laughter and keeping the straightest faces you can imagine for playing this incredibly hokey scene.

Not The Untouchables finest episode.

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