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The Untouchables: The Noise of Death

An aging Mafia don is ordered by his higher-ups to retire. Ness then tries to get the man to provide him with information against the Mafia but it could be a hard sell.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x14
Airdate: Thursday January 14th, 1960

Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Ben Maddow

Guest Stars
Henry SilvaHenry Silva
As Little Charlie Sebastino
Norma CraneNorma Crane
As Barbara Vittorini
Mike KellinMike Kellin
As Abe Garfinkel
Robert EllensteinRobert Ellenstein
As Mr. Kallinak
J. Carrol NaishJ. Carrol Naish
As Joseph Bucco
Rita LynnRita Lynn
As Anna Bucco
Joi LansingJoi Lansing
As Georgina Jones

Cyril DelevantiCyril Delevanti
As Men's Room Attendant
Harry Dean StantonHarry Dean Stanton
As "Blind" Newspaper Vendor
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Abel FernándezAbel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Jerry ParisJerry Paris
As Agent Martin Flaherty
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator


March 31, 1933. On a quiet Sunday afternoon in his house on the South Side of Chicago, Mafia capo Joe Bucco is relaxing with his family when a woman named Vittorini begins shouting from the sidewalk accusing him of killing her husband. The husband is a cousin of Bucco's wife. He swears to his wife that he didn't have her cousin killed. Most likely he's laying out dead drunk somewhere...

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Episode Notes
This episode marked the only time that the word "Mafia" was ever used in the series.

Henry Silva would return as Little Charlie Sebastino in the Season Two episode Mark of Cain.

This episode was the third one of the series to be filmed but didn't air until the middle of the show's first season. It was postponed because of the Appalachin raid where the FBI nabbed several leading Mafia figures at a conference in upstate New York.

Rico does not appear in this episode.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Bucco: I'm somebody, I am. I'm Joe Bucco.

Ness: I have a Federal warrant to search the place for liquor.
Mrs. Vittorini: Liquor! What's that? I hear we have Prohibition.

Mrs. Vittorini: Did you know my husband?
Ness: No.
Mrs. Vittorini: Then don't call him Arturo.

Georgina: I never done any Federal offense. Not yet anyway.

Bucco: You know, Mr. Ness, you're smart but you're ignorant.

Episode Goofs
The character played by Joi Lansing is billed as Georgina Jones in the ending credits although Joe Bucco refers to her as "Francie" in the dialogue.

This is one of the few episodes with an open ending where the Untouchables do not get their man. J. Carroll Naish is memorable as an aging Mafia don but the episode drags in spots. Middle of the pack Season One entry.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerCharles Russell (1)
CastingKerwin Coughlin
Music SupervisorTed Roberts (2)
HairstylistIrene Beshon
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Property MasterCharles West
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorHarry Fried
Production SupervisorArgyle Nelson
Art DirectorFrank T. Smith  |  Ralph Berger
Production ManagerLloyd Richards
Based On The Works OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorBen Ray
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorVincent McEveety
Sound EngineerCam McCulloch
ComposerNelson Riddle
Assistant To The Executive ProducerArthur Fellows
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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