The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Contract 

When the attempted assassination of small-time hood Smiley Barris, New York mobster Joe Kulak hires cold-blooded assassin Ray Quist to kill him. Ness tries to get Barris to cooperate but he... See full summary »

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George Eckstein, Eliot Ness (book) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Harry Guardino ... Johnny Templar
Frank Sutton ... Smiley Barris
Gloria Talbott ... Jeanne Lauder
John Larkin John Larkin ... Ray Quist
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Joe Kulak (as Oscar Beregi)
Lane Bradford ... Capt. Fuller
Kelly Thordsen ... Edwin MacKane
Michael Barrier Michael Barrier ... Desk Sergeant
Dick Haynes ... Launch Attendant
Paul Baxley Paul Baxley ... Boatman
Walter Winchell ... Narrator (voice)
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When the attempted assassination of small-time hood Smiley Barris, New York mobster Joe Kulak hires cold-blooded assassin Ray Quist to kill him. Ness tries to get Barris to cooperate but he refuses. When a second attempt on Barris goes wrong, Barris calls his Johnny Templar to help him out. Templar runs a gambling boat that goes out to sea beyond the three mile limit and beyond the long arm of the law. Templar hides his friend Barris on board so Joe Kulak turns the tables on both of them. He cancels Quist's contract and gives it to Templar - who knows that anyone who fails to deliver on a contract gets killed himself. When Templar has second thoughts about killing his friend, he soon finds that Quist is after him. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Lee Hobson: He's still alive Eliot, looks like we got here just in time.
Eliot Ness: Maybe we should have been a few minutes late!
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A contract is a contract
8 April 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Chroniclers and followers of gangland lore might recognize elements of some of the Ben Siegel story in this Untouchable episode. It worked out a lot different for Siegel than it did for Harry Guardino playing a Siegel like character.

Robert Stack and his Untouchables are in Los Angeles now and the bosses back east namely Oscar Beregi have put out a contract on Frank Sutton who has agreed to be an informer. In real life Siegel got a contract on Harry Greenberg who was an old friend as Sutton is to Guardino. To enforce things Beregi sends out contract killer John Larkin.

There's too much between Guardino and Sutton who is a real nebbish of a man especially one who was involved in organized crime.

Guest stars Guardino, Sutton, Larkin, Beregi and Nita Talbot playing a Virginia Hill type dominate this episode.


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