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The Untouchables: The Artichoke King

Ness and the Untouchables travel to New York City to try and take down Ciro Terranova, a racketeer who's cornered the artichoke market in the New York produce district.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x8
Airdate: Thursday December 03rd, 1959

Director: Roger Kay
Writer: Harry Essex

  • Currently 3/10
3/10 (1 Vote cast)
Guest Stars
Al RuscioAl Ruscio
As Frankie Yale
Robert EllensteinRobert Ellenstein
As Felix Burke
Eugene IglesiasEugene Iglesias
As Tony Cestari
Mike MazurkiMike Mazurki
As Frankie Marlowe
Meg WyllieMeg Wyllie
As Mrs. Terranova
Argentina BrunettiArgentina Brunetti
As Mrs. Cestari
Jack WestonJack Weston
As Ciro Terranova
Lane ChandlerLane Chandler
As Kingan
Selette ColeSelette Cole
As Mrs. Stearns
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


Ciro Terranova is the Artichoke King of the New York City produce district. He buys carloads of artichokes at $6.00 a crate and sells them at twice the price at the point of a gun. The Untouchables arrive in New York from Chicago on special assignment to investigate racketeering in the produce district. They learn of one man, Angelo Cestari, who refused to buy from Terranova. Angelo died by the machine gun...

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Episode Notes
Location: New York

Episode Quotes
Terranova: Bring your contract.
Burke: Bring your money.

Terranova: I don't like your jokes.
Burke: So don't laugh.

Ness: (to Terranova) Too bad you got so many neighbors. You can't take 'em all for a ride.

Youngfellow: What is a butcher like Burke doing with Terranova?
Flaherty: Practicing his trade. What else?

The lead villain here is weak. Jack Weston reminded me more of a fat mama's boy than a notorious gangster. Things drag pretty badly at times in this one as the show was still getting its feet wet seeing what worked and what didn't.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerSidney Marshall
Associate ProducerArthur Fellows
CastingKerwin Coughlin
Music SupervisorTed Roberts (2)
HairstylistIrene Beshon
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Property MasterAllan Levine
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 EditorBen Ray
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 8 guide may contain spoilers
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