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The Untouchables: Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll

Desperado Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll is involved in a nasty feud with ganglord Dutch Schultz. First he kidnaps and murders one of Schultz's lieutenants and then he kidnaps a prized racehorse on which the Dutchman has bet a huge sum to win the Kentucky Derby.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x6
Airdate: Thursday November 19th, 1959



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Guest Stars
Lawrence Dobkin
As Dutch Schultz
Recurring
Suzanne Storrs
As Diana Carten
Recurring
Bern Hoffman
As Fats Finney
Recurring
Richard Karlan
As Needles Bledsoe
Recurring
Richard Carlyle
As Lefty Gallagher
Recurring
Clu Gulager
As Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll
Dick Miller
As Benny Bristow
Ronald Anton
As Tommy Clover

Uncredited
Bert Stevens
As Racetrack Patron
Recurring
George De Normand
As Racetrack Patron
Recurring
Louie Elias
As Track Cop
Recurring
Robert Karnes
As Police Captain
Recurring
Scott Peters (1)
As Schultz Henchman
Tyler McVey
As Chief Beaufort
Main Cast
Robert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Nicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Jerry Paris
As Agent Martin Flaherty
Walter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

In February of 1931 the normally tight-fisted gangster Dutch Schultz places a $100,000 bet with the Tijuana gambling syndicate on a horse named Enchantment to win the upcoming Kentucky Derby. He gets 7 to 1 odds. Unfortunately for the Dutchman, he had made himself a dangerous enemy. Former employee Vincent Coll, whom Schultz has dubbed "Mad Dog", is out to get him. Coll has rounded up two sidekicks in Needles Bledsoe and Fats Finney...

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Episode Notes
This episode marked the first of three appearances by Lawrence Dobkin as Dutch Schultz. Dobkin would return as the Dutchman in Dutch Schultz Story and Jack "Legs" Diamond. The character of Schultz would also be portrayed by Robert J. Wilke in Stranglehold and by Warren Kemmerling in The Monkey Wrench.

This marks the first of two times where Dutch Schultz will successfully conceal something from Eliot Ness. Here it's ransom money. A few episodes later in The Dutch Schultz Story it would be incriminating photographs.

Bern Hoffman was the original Jake Guzik in the pilot episode for the series.

Location: New York Area, Chicago, Louisville



Episode Quotes
Needles: We give it another half hour?
Coll: If we have to, we give it another year.

Coll: (about Schultz) I wanna make him bleed where it hurts the most. You know, his pocketbook.

Coll: (to Lefty) You should be worth at least as much as a horse.

Coll: I know the Dutchman. You gotta squeeze him. You gotta squeeze to get a buck outta him.



Episode Goofs
Historical goof: this episode begins in February of 1931. In the scene where the young boy identifies Coll as the man who pulled a gun on him the boy recognizes Ness as the man who got Capone. In reality, Capone was not "gotten" until October of 1931 when he was convicted of income tax evasion.



Analysis
There's way too much method acting by Clu Gulager as lead villain Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll for my taste in this episode. Gulager's Coll is basically Stanley Kowalski on a bad acid trip. Lawrence Dobkin does a good job as Dutch Schultz but his screen time is too limited. Also, the premise of Coll kidnapping and later trying to shoot a racehorse at the Kentucky Derby is a bit too over the top.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerPaul Harrison (2)
CastingKerwin Coughlin
Music SupervisorTed Roberts (2)
HairstylistIrene Beshon
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Property MasterAlbert M. Joyce
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorHarry Fried
Production SupervisorArgyle Nelson
Art DirectorFrank T. Smith  |  Ralph Berger
Production ManagerLloyd Richards
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorGeorge Jay Nicholson
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorVincent McEveety
Sound EngineerKarl E. Zint
ComposerNelson Riddle
Assistant To The Executive ProducerArthur Fellows
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 1 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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