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The Untouchables: Ain't We Got Fun?

Comic Johnny Paycheck makes a deal with mobster Jim Harrington in order to advance his career. But Johnny soon discovers that the price he might have to pay is way too steep.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Thursday November 12th, 1959

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Special Guest Stars
Cameron Mitchell (1)
As Johnny Paycheck

Guest Stars
Phyllis Coates
As Renee Sullivan
Ted de Corsia
As Big Jim Harrington
Harry Bartell
As Schlessinger
Joseph Buloff
As Benny Hoff

Gene Coogan
As Harrington's Hood
Timothy Carey
As Loxie the Torch
Main Cast
Robert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Nicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Steve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Jerry Paris
As Agent Martin Flaherty
Chuck Hicks
As Agent Lamar Kane (1959)
Walter Winchell
As Narrator


In the summer of 1933 with Prohibition nearing its end the mobs were branching out into other enterprises but still seeking ways to get rid of their excess supply of booze. Big Jim Harrington intimidates Benny Hoff, owner of the Blue Poodle nightclub, into buying only from him and giving him 75% ownership of the club. Benny, a timid sort, has no choice but to agree especially when Harrington's hood, a pyromaniac named Loxie, threatens to torch him. ..

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Episode Notes
Though The Untouchables is often though of as a show about enforcing the Prohibition laws during that era, this episode is one of only two Season One entries where bootlegging is the subject. The other, which aired late in the season, was Portrait of a Thief.

Phyllis Coates would return in The Frank Nitti Story and A Fist of Five.

Ted de Corsia would return in Come and Kill Me.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Harrington: (after trashing Benny's place) Benny, Benny, what a waste. If this keeps up you won't stay in business.

Loxie: (to Benny) I think his act stinks. That's what I say.
Johnny: Yeah, but you'll laugh everytime the boss does.

Harrington: Funny man don't make me laugh no more.

Cultural References
One wonders if the late, great country singer Johnny Paycheck once watched this episode and took his stage moniker from its lead protagonist.

There's quite a bit wrong with this episode (a lot of pathos, cardboard villains, lack of screen time for the Untouchables) but there's one thing that saves it: a brilliant performance from guest star Cameron Mitchell. It's one of the best of the series and makes Ain't We Got Fun? well worth watching.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerSidney Marshall
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 OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorRobert L. Swanson
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorSergei Petschnikoff
Sound EngineerKarl E. Zint
ComposerNelson Riddle
Assistant To The Executive ProducerArthur Fellows
WriterSidney Miller
Warning: The Untouchables season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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