Shortly after playing Santa Claus at an orphanage, Hap Levinson is gunned down in a drive-by shooting on the street in full view of two orphan kiddies. Eliot Ness, a friend of Levinson's, investigates the shooting and discovers that his seemingly respectable pal was leading a double life.
The Mob imports "inside man" Joey Lassater from New York to construct a Ness-proof brewery on the top floor of a building. Current syndicate inside man Harry Gordon fears that he's being eased out of a job and informs Ness about the brewery being constructed. Against the wishes of his superiors, Ness decides to let Lassater complete construction so it will cost the Mob even more money.
Illicit champagne is being smuggled into Chicago and Ness traces its source to Boston and blind seafood company owner Ira Bauer. Bauer freely admits that he has been shipping the champagne and challenges Ness to catch him at it.
The search is on for a large quantity of illicit whiskey which was hidden in an old ammo dump by mobster Vince "the Moor" Tunis in order to jack up the price. Unfortunately for Tunis, underling Charlie Grach stole the whiskey and hid it somewhere else. Then Grach died from injuries sustained in a car accident. Tunis and Eliot Ness both search for a missing accomplice of Grach's who can tell them the location of the booze.
Busboy Herbie Catcher supplements his meager income by serving as an informant for Eliot Ness. But Herbie's informing days come to an end when he comes into possession of a diary which contains incriminating evidence against mobsters. He decides to use blackmail rather than turn the diary over to Ness.
Two Public Health doctors' search for the source of the deadly Parrot Fever disease keep intersecting with the Untouchables' attempts to get the goods an a fast rising mobster.
Special Guest Stars: Dane Clark
as Dr. Victor Garr |
Bugs Moran goes into hiding after much of his mob is wiped out in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Former underling Eddie O'Gara discovers his hiding place and promises him that he can recruit Moran a new gang which will restore the fallen mob boss to his former glory.
After learning that he's dying from leukemia, mobster Charlie Radick makes a deal with Ness. He'll turnover all of his records provided that Ness find his missing daughter, Margaret. It's up to Lt. Agatha Stewart of the Missing Persons Bureau to track down Margaret in order to prevent a possible gang war from breaking out.
When Arnold "Spats" Vincent is murdered at a racetrack the trail leads to a school of assassins run by former IRA member Dexter Lloyd Bayliss.
Special Guest Stars: Dan Dailey
as Dexter Lloyd Bayliss |
After being suspended from the police force, formerly honest cop Mike Brannon decides to put his hand into the pot and grab some money. To do this he recruits his four brothers and they kidnap mobster Tony Lamberto.
Reporter Carl Edmunds is gunned down outside a speakeasy just minutes after boasting to a fellow reporter that he was working on an explosive story. Globetrotting reporter Floyd Gibbons, an old friend of Edmunds, blows into Chicago and decides to pick up the baton and discover just what it was that got his old friend murdered.
In one of organized crime's strangest partnerships, Jake Guzik is forced to hire old enemy Bugs Moran to smuggle in whiskey from Canada for him after Ness and the Untouchables dry up his booze supply.
Lt. Agatha Stewart tries to determine the identity of a dead body which was discovered floating in Lake Michigan. Her investigation intersects with the attempts of the Untouchables to intercept a huge booze convoy coming down from Canada.
Frank Nitti needs quick cash for a big booze deal and is persuaded by mob finance man Leo Stazak to invest in the stock market. Unbeknownst to Nitti, Stazak has no intention of investing the money. He plans on absconding with it.
Small time bootlegger and college grad Jackson Emmett Parker approaches Frank Nitti with a business proposition for distribution of alcohol. Parker wants to hand the Enforcer a bigger market than he has in Cicero--all of Chicago's college campuses.
Drs. Garr and Gifford are on the scene when a rash of poisonings from rotgut Jamaica Ginger alcohol begin occurring with alarming frequency in Chicago. Meanwhile the Untouchables try to locate stolen chemicals which can be used to make the deadly drink.
After his partner is murdered, jazz trumpeteer Eddie Moon agrees to help Ness get the goods on racketeer Lew Cagan. But Eddie doesn't count on falling in love with Cagan's young wife Bunny.
Frank Nitti hides a huge shipment of heroin inside a hollowed out globe of the world and stores it inside the vault of a mob-owned bank. While Ness and the Untouchables search for the heroin, a joker appears in the deck when Nitti's greedy lieutenant, Larry Bass, decides to break into the vault and steal the heroin for himself.
Ness gets Charlie Tarasovich to work undercover so that he can nail bootlegger Sollie Girsch who has been distributing his liquor through cordial shops. Tarasovich does his job well leading to the arrest of Girsch but then gets cold feet when testifying at the trial.
Victor Salazar is one of the nastiest mobsters in Chicago but he's got big problems with two of his underlings. His enforcer, Steve Ballard, is planning to hijack a shipment of narcotics, and his second-in-command, Barney Howe, is in reality an undercover Federal agent for the Bureau of Narcotics.
Special Guest Stars: Pat Hingle
as Barney Howe/Barney Retzik |
Ness gets ex-convict Al Remp to work for him so that he can nail bootlegging czar Fat Augie Strom but the lure of the fast money might cause Remp to pull a double cross.
Phillip Hedden is a former war hero who's now in the rackets. He heads up a protective association known as the Master Butcher's Alliance. Hedden's chief aide is his former World War I comrade Davy McCain. Unbeknownst to Hedden, Davy has secretly hated him for years and is plotting to takeover the Alliance.
Given a death sentence by a South American crime syndicate, fugitive mobster Johnny Mizo returns home to recover hidden stolen money with which to buy his way out of the sentence. Back in Chicago, racketeer Vince Majesky is interested in Mizo's return too. It seems as though years ago Mizo and his brother stole the money from him.
Special Guest Stars: Rip Torn
as Johnny Mizo |
When Belle Alpine refuses to identify John "the Cropper" Cropsie as the man who shot and killed her husband, Ness suspects that she is harboring some ulterior motives.
When Ed "the Duke" Monte is convicted of counterfeiting, he busts out of Leavenworth to seek revenge on the person who squealed on him. He thinks it's lieutenant/son-in-law Lou Sultan but in reality the canary was his own daughter, Barbara, who wanted her father in prison where he'd be safe from a pending hit.
Dying mob boss Frank "the King" Argos leaves several million dollars in negotiable bond to his son Charlie. There's only one problem, Charlie Argos has been missing and presumed dead since the end of World War I. To get their greedy hands on the money, the Argos underlings set about to "create" a Charlie Argos from a man they find in a soup kitchen.
Ness assumes the identity of a murdered jazz musician and travels to New Orleans in hopes of smashing a narcotics distribution ring.
Songs: Jacqueline Scott -- Down Yonder in New Orleans
North Side boss Monk Lyselle and South Side boss Victor Kurtz are having a gang war and evening each other right into the ground. This is bad news for Kurtz's chief enforcer, Holly Kester. He's lost his nerve and getting long in the tooth.
When two of his girls are killed by a sniper, dance hall owner Marty Pulaski suspects that competitor Vince Bogan is responsible but in reality the killer is Marty's mentally unstable brother, Herbie.
Ganglord Danny Mundt, whose operation is being hit hard by Eliot Ness, imports hired killer Elroy Dahlgren to bump off the ace Federal officer. Dahlgren doesn't kill Ness but manages to blind him with an exploding hand grenade. This is satisfactory for Mundt but not the psychotic Dahlgren. He wants to finish the job.