The Untouchables




The Untouchables Cast


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The Untouchables was a 60 minute crime drama series on ABC about a group of men called, "The Untouchables", who were led by Elliot Ness. Their purpose was to capture or kill gangland leaders.

The Untouchables Cast

Robert Stack .... Eliot Ness
Nicholas Georgiade .... Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernandez .... Agent William Youngfellow
Bruce Gordon .... Frank Nitti
Paul Picerni .... Agent Lee Hobson
Steve London .... Agent Jack Rossman
Neville Brand .... Al Capone
Jerry Paris .... Agent Martin Flaherty
Anthony George .... Agent Cam Allison
Grant Richards .... Frankie Resco
Frank Wilcox .... Beecher Asbury
Chuck Hicks .... LaMarr Kane
Jason Wingreen .... Captain Dorsett
Robert Bice .... Captain Jim "Hale" Johnson
Carl Milletaire .... Pete Konitz
Oscar Beregi Jr. .... Joe Kulak
Walter Winchell .... Narrator


The Untouchables Trivia

The Untouchables was produced by Desilu Studios. It began with two episodes on the Desilu Playhouse which were so popular that the studio decided it merited a TV show of its own. Both were adapted from the real-life Elliot Ness's biography.

Hollywood actors Van Johnson and Van Heflin were both offered the role as Eliot Ness and both turned it down. Some other famous stars who were considered for the role included Jack Lord ("Hawaii Five-0"), Fred MacMurray ("My Three Sons"), and Cliff Robertson.

Many of the criminals on The Untouchables in the beginning were of Italian descent. Italian and Italian/American groups weren't exactly thrilled with the way they felt that their heritage was being represented on the show. ABC and the show's producers agreed to only use Italian names for criminal characters when they were based on real-life Italians. Eventually they even gave much bigger parts to Nicholas Georgiade who played the role of good guy, "Agent Enrico Rossi" who was of Italian descent. Ironically, the group that most threatened the Untouchables in a legal sense was Al Capone's Estate! They claimed that the series should pay them for the constant use of Al Capone's name!

One day a man came into the office of Desi Arnaz ("I Love Lucy") and said, "The boys (referring to the mob) don't like what you're doing with the show." Desi responded, "The gate swings two ways. She swings in, she swings out!" In other words, he told him to get off the lot! Two days later, three gunshots were fired into the "Indian Wells Hotel", owned by Desi. It was later disclosed by a mob insider that a "contract" was put out on Desi, but the mob soon changed their mind over fears that the F.B.I. could get called in on the case if he was murdered! They didn't want the Untouchables on THEIR trail!

In an American Heritage magazine article about gangsters, they stated that Al Capone was the most over-rated gangster of the 20th century. They claimed that was due to his portrayal by cast member Neville Brand on The Untouchables TV show.

The Untouchables was highly contraversial in the beginning as its episodes were among the most violent on television. The ratings were also huge, perhaps mostly due to the realism that the violence conveyed on the TV show.


TV Pilot Episodes

(Aired on the Desilu Playhouse)

The Scarface Mob - Part 1 (4/20/1959)
The Scarface Mob - Part 2 (4/27/1959)


Episodes List With Original Air Dates

The Untouchables - The First Season

1... The Empty Chair (10/15/1959)
2... Ma Barker and Her Boys (10/22/1959)
3... The Jake Lingle Story (10/29/1959)
4... The George "Bugs" Moran Story (11/5/1959)
5... Ain't We Got Fun? (11/12/1959)
6... The Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll Story (11/19/1959)
7... Mexican Standoff (11/26/1959)
8... The Artichoke King (12/3/1959)
9... Tri-State Gang (12/10/1959)
10. The Dutch Schultz Story (12/17/1959)
11. You Can't Pick the Number (12/24/1959)
12. Underground Railway (12/31/1959)
13. Syndicate Sanctuary (1/7/1960)
14. The Noise of Death (1/14/1960)
15. Star Witness (1/21/1960)
16. The St. Louis Story (1/28/1960)
17. One-Armed Bandit (2/4/1960)
18. Little Egypt (2/11/1960)
19. The Big Squeeze (2/18/1960)
20. The Unhired Assassin - Part 1 (2/25/1960)
21. The Unhired Assassin - Part 2 (3/3/1960)
22. The White Slavers (3/10/1960)
23. Three Thousand Suspects (3/24/1960)
24. The Doreen Maney Story (3/31/1960)
25. Portrait of a Thief (4/7/1960)
26. Underwold Bank (4/14/1960)
27. Head of Fire, Feet of Clay (4/21/1960)
28. The Frank Nitti Story (4/28/1960)


The Untouchables - The Second Season

29. The Rusty Heller Story (10/13/1960)
30. Clay Pigeon: the Jack "Legs" Diamond Story (10/20/1960)
31. Nicky (11/3/1960)
32. The Waxey Gordon Story (11/10/1960)
33. The Mark of Cain (11/17/1960)
34. A Seat on the Fence (11/24/1960)
35. The Purple Gang (12/1/1960)
36. Kiss of Death Girl (12/8/1960)
37. The Larry Fay Story (12/15/1960)
38. The Otto Frick Story (12/22/1960)
39. The Tommy Karpeles Story (12/29/1960)
40. The Big Train - Part 1 (1/5/1961)
41. The Big Train - Part 2 (1/12/1961)
42. The Masterpiece (1/19/1961)
43. The Organization (1/26/1961)
44. The Jamaica Ginger Story (2/2/1961)
45. Augie "The Banker" Ciamino (2/9/1961)
46. The Underground Court (2/16/1961)
47. The Nick Moses Story (2/23/1961)
48. The Antidote (3/9/1961)
49. The Lily Dallas Story (3/16/1961)
50. Murder Under Glass (3/23/1961)
51. Testimony of Evil (3/30/1961)
52. Ring of Terror (4/13/1961)
53. Mr. Moon (4/20/1961)
54. Death for Sale (4/27/1961)
55. Stranglehold (5/4/1961)
56. The Nero Rankin Story (5/11/1961)
57. The Seventh Vote (5/18/1961)
58. The King of Champagne (5/25/1961)
59. The Nick Acropolis Story (6/1/1961)
60. The 90-Proof Dame (6/8/1961)


The Untouchables - The Third Season

61. The Troubleshooter (10/12/1961)
62. Power Play (10/19/1961)
63. Tunnel of Horrors (10/26/1961)
64. The Genna Brothers (11/2/1961)
65. The Matt Bass Scheme (11/9/1961)
66. Loophole (11/16/1961)
67. Jigsaw (11/23/1961)
68. Man Killer (12/7/1961)
69. City Without a Name (12/14/1961)
70. Hammerlock (12/21/1961)
71. Canada Run (1/4/1962)
72. Fall Guy (1/11/1962)
73. The Gang War (1/18/1962)
74. The Silent Partner (2/1/1962)
75. The Whitey Steele Story (2/8/1962)
76. The Death Tree (2/15/1962)
77. Takeover (3/1/1962)
78. The Stryker Brothers (3/8/1962)
79. Element of Danger (3/22/1962)
80. The Maggie Storm Story (3/29/1962)
81. Man in the Middle (4/5/1962)
82. Downfall (5/3/1962)
83. The Case Against Eliot Ness (5/10/1962)
84. The Ginnie Littlesmith Story (5/17/1962)
85. The Contract (5/31/1962)
86. Pressure (6/14/1962)
87. Arsenal (6/28/1962)
88. The Monkey Wrench (7/5/1962)
89. The Night They Shot Santa Claus (9/25/1962)
90. Cooker in the Sky (10/2/1962)
91. The Chess Game (10/9/1962)


The Untouchables - The Fourth Season

92. The Economist (10/16/1962)
93. The Pea (10/23/1962)
94. Bird in the Hand (10/30/1962)
95. The Eddie O'Gara Story (11/13/1962)
96. Elegy (11/20/1962)
97. Come and Kill Me (11/27/1962)
98. A Fist of Five (12/4/1962)
99. The Floyd Gibbons Story (12/11/1962)
100. Double Cross (12/18/1962)
101. Search for a Dead Man (1/1/1963)
102. The Speculator (1/8/1963)
103. Snowball (1/15/1963)
104. Jake Dance (1/22/1963)
105. Blues for a Gone Goose (1/29/1963)
106. Globe of Death (2/5/1963)
107. An Eye for an Eye (2/19/1963)
108. Junk Man (2/26/1963)
109. Man in the Cooler (3/5/1963)
110. The Butcher's Boy (3/12/1963)
111. The Spoiler (3/26/1963)
112. One Last Killing (4/2/1963)
113. The Giant Killer (4/9/1963)
114. The Charlie Argos Story (4/16/1963)
115. The Jazz Man (4/30/1963)
116. The Torpedo (5/7/1963)
117. Line of Fire (5/14/1963)
118. A Taste of Pineapple (5/21/1963)


TV Reunion Movie

The Return of Eliot Ness (11/10/1991)


Theatrical Movie

The Untouchables (Kevin Costner 1987)



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