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The Untouchables: Ma Barker and Her Boys

January 16, 1935. Oklawaha, Florida. Eliot Ness and his men are in a vicious gun battle with Arizona Kate "Ma" Barker and her murderous brood. As the battle rages, flashbacks reveal how the Barker boys got involved in lives of crime and how Ma nurtured and encouraged their criminal ways.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Thursday October 22nd, 1959

Director: Joe Parker
Writer: Jerome Ross

Special Guest Stars
Claire TrevorClaire Trevor
As Arizona Kate "Ma" Barker

Guest Stars
Vaughn TaylorVaughn Taylor
As George Elias "Pa" Barker
Adam WilliamsAdam Williams
As Lloyd Barker
Joe Di RedaJoe Di Reda
As Fred Barker
Peter Baldwin (1)Peter Baldwin (1)
As Arthur "Doc" Barker
Robert IversRobert Ivers
As Herman Barker

Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Abel FernándezAbel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Jerry ParisJerry Paris
As Agent Martin Flaherty
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator


January 16, 1935. The tiny hamlet of Oklawaha, Florida located on Lake Weir. Eliot Ness and a group of law enforcement officials including fellow Untouchables Martin Flaherty and Bill Youngfellow surround a house occupied by Arizona Kate "Ma" Barker and her two sons, Lloyd and Fred. They are wanted for such diverse crimes as bank robbing, kidnapping, and murder. ..

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Episode Notes
This is the only episode of the series where flashbacks are used.

Robert Stack and Claire Trevor had previously appeared together in the 1954 disaster flick The High and the Mighty.

Rico and Rossman do not appear in this episode. Ness, Flaherty, and Youngfellow carry the load for the good guys.

Locations: Tulsa, Chicago, Minneapolis, Oklawaha, FL

Episode Quotes
Eloise: (after the Feds burst in) Happy birthday, Doc!

Narrator: WIthout Ma there to do his thinkin' for him, Doc was on his own. And on his own, he pulled a bone.

Ness: Come on outta there! We don't want any trouble!
Ma Barker: We're the Barkers! You'll never get us!

Ma Barker: (concerning the Feds marksmanship) They're plum tuckered out! They can't hit the broad side of a barn!

Neighbor: But Mrs. Clark goes to church with me on Sundays.
Ness: She's the most dangerous woman in the country today.

Ma Barker: I'm not a woman that nags a family to death.

Ma Barker: (to Pa) There's nothing wrong with our boys except high spirits.

Pa Barker: They're lyin' again. If I had any gumption I'd get my razor strap.
Ma Barker: Don't be stupid. They'd wallop the tar outta you.

Episode Goofs
In real life, Lloyd Barker was serving a prison sentence during the time in which the events mentioned in this episode took place. He was never part of the infamous gang with his mother and brothers.

One reason this episode is mediocre at best in my opinion is the over the top performance by Claire Trevor as Ma Barker. In fact, there's an excellent chance that Shelley Winters parodied Trevor's performance when she appeared on Batman as "Ma Parker."

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerNorman Retchin
CastingKerwin Coughlin
Music SupervisorTed Roberts (2)
HairstylistIrene Beshon
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorHarry Fried
Production SupervisorArgyle Nelson
Art DirectorFrank T. Smith  |  Ralph Berger
Production ManagerLloyd Richards
Sound EditorJosef Von Stroheim
Based On The Works OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorRobert L. Swanson
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorSergei Petschnikoff
Sound EngineerCam McCulloch
ComposerNelson Riddle
Assistant To The Executive ProducerArthur Fellows
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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