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The Untouchables 

Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago.
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Robert Stack ...  Eliot Ness 119 episodes, 1959-1963
Walter Winchell ...  Narrator 119 episodes, 1959-1963
Nicholas Georgiade ...  Enrico Rossi / ... 113 episodes, 1959-1963
Paul Picerni ...  Lee Hobson / ... 91 episodes, 1959-1963
Abel Fernandez ...  William Youngfellow / ... 83 episodes, 1959-1963
Steve London ...  Jack Rossman 63 episodes, 1959-1963
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Chicago, 1930, time of the prohibition. And it is the great time for the organized crime, the so called Mafia. One of the big bosses is Al Capone. He is the best know but at least, he was only one in a dirty game of sex, crime and corruption. People are willing to pay any price to drink alcohol, and sometimes it is their life they have to pay with. Special agent Eliot Ness and his team are trying to defeat the alcohol Mafia, but in this job, you don't have any friends. Written by Florian Baumann <baumann@msmhpd.hoechst.hoechst-ag.dbp.de>

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NEW KIND OF SERIES! Beginning the true story of FBI man Eliot Ness's savage war on the notorious mobsters Al Capone left behind! (season 1)

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Action | Crime | Drama

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USA

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English

Release Date:

22 January 1959 (USA) See more »

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Chicago 1930 See more »

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Runtime:

(118 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Nicholas Georgiade, who plays The Untouchable team member Enrico Rossi, had a small, uncredited role as a thug in Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse: The Untouchables: Part 1 (1959), the series pilot. In the movie, after The Untouchables raid a plant and round up the criminals, Georgiade plays the thug identified as "Frank Cotter, a gunman from New York" who quips to Ness that he'll read about Ness' obituary in jail, thus getting punched by Ness. See more »

Goofs

Several episodes show Frank Nitti taking over control of the Capone organization immediately upon Capone's conviction for tax evasion. In real life, Nitti was also convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 18 months in federal prison; he wasn't able to assume control of the Capone organization until his release late in 1932. See more »

Quotes

Police Officer: There is nothing in that area... except an old abandoned warehouse.
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Referenced in On the Waterfront: Episode #2.7 (1989) See more »

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One of the greatest television series ever
4 September 2000 | by gmr-4See all my reviews

I must differ only slightly from the praise of one who precedes me, but yes, it was a cracking good show! When a local station ran the series in syndication at midnight in 1967, I turned into an insomniac.

Part of it was my youth; part was/is the b&w presentation giving it a brooding, "gritty" (pardon the cliche) flavour; part was the musical score. Frankly, I found it much superior to the colour and more mature (?) series recently under the same title. Possibly the early '60s series had the elements of a morality play that move some part of me that the more ambiguous -- and in places historically accurate -- new UNTOUCHABLES can not.

One thing bothers me, however, although I fully understand that in the television productions of forty years ago one had to be discrete. It concerns the depictions of violence. I do not object (within reason) to violence per se, but THE UNTOUCHABLES showed a lot of it without the horror. With a more jaundiced eye of the 1990s, when on very rare occasions I have been able to see an old time episode, I am struck by the trivialisation of violent scenes. Even the point-blank firearms shots are comically muted, and there is never a hint of flying blood.

That said, however, I consider the advent of THE UNTOUCHABLES and BONANZA in the 1959-60 season as the beginning of the REAL "golden age of television" in the United States.

Post scriptum: I am sure there were a couple of spin-off "made for TV" movies in the 1960s from the series. Of that I know nothing more save the title of one of them: THE GUN OF ZANGARA.


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