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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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Cast

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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Country:

USA

Language:

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

This series was (very loosely) based on the book Ness co-wrote with journalist Oscar Fraley (who, in turn, confessedly "embellished" Ness' role into the fall of Capone). In spite of Fraley's additions, in the book, Ness and his eleven agents are not reported as doing much more than busting alcohol shipments and depots, yet the series had Ness intervening in dozens of totally fictional events. As a witness of the time put it about the series, "not even two percent of it is true". 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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Connections

Featured in The Real Untouchables (2001) See more »

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A web of mysterious gangland horror
14 March 2002 | by jeffhill1See all my reviews

I had never heard of "The Untouchables" TV show until one morning

my 8th grade English teacher, Mr. Schmidt started ranting about the

graphic violence depicted in movies and on television shows such as

"The Untouchables" and what was he world coming to? From the next

broadcast, I was an avid fan. Much as in the style of the James Cagney

classic of 1933, "Public Enemy," "The Untouchables" wove a web of

mysterious gangland horror by NOT showing the graphic violence but by

instead keeping the killing in the shadows. The creators of the series

never forgot that there is nothing you can show in theater that can

measure up to the imagination of the audience. Another mysterious dimension to the series is, like "The Alfred

Hitchcock Show", "The Untouchables" had an uncanny knack of featuring

actors who would later become stars or at least very well known faces

in movies and on television. After 4 years in the air force including

a year in Vietnam, I watched the series as daily re-runs during the

summer of 1971 just before going to university in Tokyo. One episode

had Telly Savalas as an up and coming bookkeeper with The Mob run by

Frank Nitty while Al Capone was in prison. That evening other business

pulled me away from the television set and I figured I'd see the second

half of the show some other time. Because I have been in Japan ever

since, I never did find out whatever happened to the character played

by Telly Savalas. Less than two years later, however, Telly Savalas

finally made it big in television as Kojak.


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