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The Untouchables: The Dutch Schultz Story

In 1935, Ness and the Untouchables turn their big guns onto Dutch Schultz, the toughest mobster in New York City. Ness succeeds in getting Schultz indicted for income tax evasion but the Dutchman beats the rap with the aid of a change of trial venue and some jury tampering. Schultz then returns to New York City to resume his rightful place in the rackets only to discover that things have changed since he was away.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x10
Airdate: Thursday December 17th, 1959



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Guest Stars
Lawrence Dobkin
As Dutch Schultz
Recurring
David White (1)
As W. S. Andrews
Recurring
Mort Mills
As Lulu Rosenkrantz
Recurring
Robert Carricart
As Lucky Luciano
Recurring
Johnny Seven
As Canello
Recurring
Margaret Field
As Marsha Harper (as Maggie Mahoney)
Marion Ross
As Vera Schultz

Uncredited
Frank Gerstle
As Schultz Hood
Recurring
Frank Puglia
As Joe Flores
Recurring
Harry Harvey
As Barber
Recurring
Joseph Crehan
As D. A.
Recurring
Richard Reeves
As Abe Landau
Recurring
Sailor Vincent
As Counterman
Recurring
Jack Perrin
As Juror
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
Walter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

In March of 1935, the toughest mobster in New York City is Arthur Phlegenheimer, aka Dutch Schultz. But there are some chinks in the Dutchman's criminal empire. Lucky Luciano has begun muscling into his territory undercutting him on protection money. Dutch strikes back having his two hoods, Lulu Rosenkrantz and Abe Landau, blind Joe Flores with acid in the face because he was paying 15% protection to Luciano instead of the 30% that Dutch had been charging him. Dutch then hurries off to the hospital where his wife, Vera, has just given birth to their daughter. Mrs. Schultz tells the nurse that her husband is a very gentle man...

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Episode Notes
This episode, which ends on October 24, 1935, is the last in time sequence on the show.

Robert Carricart would appear twice more as Lucky Luciano in Season Two's Jack "Legs" Diamond and Season Three's Pressure. Carricart would appear as other characters in Hammerlock and Globe of Death.

It's interesting that the Marion Ross character is the only one in the episode who referes to Dutch Schultz by his real first name, Arthur. Years later, her character would also be the only one on Happy Days to refer to Fonzie by his real first name which also was Arthur.

David White, who plays a mob lawyer in this episode, would appear again in the Season Two premiere, The Rusty Heller Story, where he also played a mob lawyer.

Location: New York City, Newark, Clearview, NY

Margaret Field, playing a blackmail victim of Dutch Schultz, is the mother of Academy Award winning actress Sally Field.



Episode Quotes
Schultz: (about Luciano) He's a punk. I could buy every monkey he's got working for him.

Flaherty: Only fitty bucks a week. A salesman don't make that kinda money.
Schultz: Maybe you won't last the week.

Schultz: I thought you said he could be softened up.
Abe: We figure maybe its time you find out what makes him so tough.

Schultz: (to Flores) Maybe Luciano will buy you a white cane.

Schultz: You don't look so tough to me.
Flaherty: I'm not trying to sell you a policy slip.

Ness: Doesn't take you long to find out about things, does it?
Schultz: Not in this town, it doesn't.



Episode References
Many of the events in this episode would also come into play in E. L. Doctorow's novel, BIlly Bathgate, which was made into a film starring Dustin Hoffman as Dutch Schultz.



Analysis
This episode is dominated by Lawrence Dobkin's in your face performance as Dutch Schultz. It's a shame that Dobkin and his character (who dies at the end of the episode) only rose from the dead once (and that would be just a cameo). We also get nice bits from familiar TV faces Marion Ross and David White. Well worth watching and one of the top episodes of Season One in my book.



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 EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorGeorge Jay Nicholson
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorSergei Petschnikoff
Sound EngineerKarl E. Zint
ComposerNelson Riddle
Assistant To The Executive ProducerArthur Fellows
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 1 episode 10 guide may contain spoilers
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