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The Untouchables: You Can't Pick the Number

The Untouchables move against Chicago's numbers racket when Agent Flaherty tries to talk old friend Al Morrissey, a distict captain, into providing information. Morrissey refuses but a subsequent beating by syndicate hoods might cause him to change his mind.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x11
Airdate: Thursday December 24th, 1959

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Guest Stars
Darryl Hickman
As Phil Morrisey
Jay C. Flippen
As Al Morrissey
King Calder
As Mr. Sampson
Whit Bissell
As Pat Danning

Barry Russo
As Frankie
Johnny Silver
As Hood
Betty Lou Gerson
As Mrs. Pollack
Doreen Lang
As Mrs. Morrissey
Lou Herbert
As Larrry Bayliss
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


October 1932. The depths of the Great Depression. People were looking for any slight ray of hope. Organized crime, seeking to line its own pockets, capitalized on this sense of hopelessness by inventing the numbers racket. People picked a number between 0 and 999. Odds of winning: 1,000 to 1. The payoff: 600 to 1. The local numbers captains called it a lottery. Others called it a swindle. ..

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Episode Notes
Jay C. Flippen and Darryl Hickman would both return in Season Three episodes. Flippen in The Fall Guy and Hickman in Pressure.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Phil: Suppose I get rough?
Rico: Don't. I'll get rougher.

Flaherty: (to Phil) Why don't you just steal the money? Take it right out of their pockets like an honest crook.

Ness: (to Phil) Give 'em one chance in a thousand to collect that money. That's not a lottery, that's a swindle.

Flaherty: Send somebody else. I can't put that kind of pressure on a friend.
Ness: I can, Marty. That's why I'm sending you.

Ness: (to the police captain) If I've offended you, captain, please be assured that I meant to.

Episode Goofs
Agent Lamar Kane appears in this episode despite being killed off two weeks before in The Tri-State Gang. According to the production code, this episode was filmed first.

The ending of this episode is one of the show's all-time classics. This episode is a bit routine for much of the way but should be watched for the ending alone. Jerry Paris's performance as second-in-command Martin Flaherty is also a high point.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerCharles Russell (1)
Associate ProducerArthur Fellows
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 EditorJohn M. Foley
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorSergei Petschnikoff
Sound EngineerCam McCulloch
ComposerNelson Riddle
Assistant To The Executive ProducerArthur Fellows
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
Warning: The Untouchables season 1 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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