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The Untouchables: The Underground Railway

Bank robber Frank Halloway escapes from Lewisburg Federal Prison and begins a cross country journey with a naive but earnest young woman named Mona. Object: $500,000.00 in loot from the robbery of a Federal Reserve Bank being held in Los Angeles by Ed Johnson, Halloway's partner who was never apprehended. Ness sets out in pursuit of Halloway because he has a special interest in the case--Halloway once killed one of his agents.

Episode Info


Episode number: 1x12
Airdate: Thursday December 31st, 1959



Special Guest Stars
Cliff RobertsonCliff Robertson
As Frank Halloway

Guest Stars
Virginia VincentVirginia Vincent
As Mona
Recurring
Joe De SantisJoe De Santis
As Daniel Oates
Recurring
Ernest SarracinoErnest Sarracino
As Tomaso Fellini
Recurring
Frank FergusonFrank Ferguson
As Dr. Crenshaw
Linda WongLinda Wong
As Tuki

Uncredited
Ford RaineyFord Rainey
As Prisoner Run Over by Halloway
Recurring
John Harmon (1)John Harmon (1)
As Ed Johnson
Recurring
Bob HopkinsBob Hopkins
As Charlie Brandt
David McMahon (1)David McMahon (1)
As Police Captain
Maudie PrickettMaudie Prickett
As Phone Company Woman
Richard ErdmanRichard Erdman
As Workman at Diner
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Steve LondonSteve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Jerry ParisJerry Paris
As Agent Martin Flaherty
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

On the night of August 3, 1933, convicted bank robber Frank Halloway and another inmate are busting out of Lewisburg Federal Prison. A car provided by Halloway's crooked attorney, Daniel Oates, is outside the grounds waiting for them. Halloway makes it over the prison wall in good shape but the other inmate breaks his leg in the jump. Not to worry, Halloway backs the car over his fallen fellow escapee and kills him. Halloway has taken his first step in a cross-country journey to Los Angeles where he hopes to meet up with Ed Johnson, his partner in the robberty of a Federal Reserve bank who was never apprehended and is still holding the stolen loot which was never recovered...

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Episode Notes
Flaherty and Rossman are the only two supporting Untouchables who appear in this episode.

In this episode the name of George Dayton, an Untouchable who was killed in the line of duty, is mentioned for the first and only time.

Virginia Vincent would return later in Season One in The Underworld Bank.

Veteran heavy Joe De Santis would return in four additional episodes: Nicky, The Nick Moses Story, Junk Man, and Line of Fire.

Locations: Harrisburg, PA, Cincinnati, Los Angeles



Episode Quotes
Mona: Don't you believe in anything?
Halloway: Yeah, I believe in something. I believe in gettin' even--with everybody.

Ness: (to Tuki about Oates) You can go now, Miss. I'll hold his hand.

Oates: Bow wow wow! You're barkin' up the wrong tree, Ness.

Ness: (smashes a whiskey bottle on Oates' desk) I think your bottle's empty, Oates.

Halloway: (to the dentist) Do a good job or I'll peel you down like your brother there. [points to a skeleton]

Fellini: (to Halloway and Mona) Mr. Capone runs the best collection agency in the world.



Cultural References
The character of Frank Halloway appears to be loosely based on Alvin Karpis, a Depression Era bank robber and kidnapper whose looks were less than stellar.



Analysis
Haunting performances by future Academy Award winner Cliff Robertson and Virginia Vincent are the highlights of this episode. Their final scene together is both chilling and touching and will not be forgotten by anyone who views this episode.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerJosef Shaftel
CastingKerwin Coughlin
Music SupervisorTed Roberts (2)
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
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 EditorBen Ray
Assistant DirectorVincent McEveety
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Assistant To The Executive ProducerArthur Fellows
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
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