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The Untouchables: Star Witness

Former mob accountant William Norbert is slated to testify against mobster Luigi Renaldo. Due to delays and postponements, Ness and his men are forced to shuttle Norbert across the country in order to protect him from Renaldo's gunmen who are out to silence him at any cost.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x15
Airdate: Thursday January 14th, 1960

Director: Tay Garnett
Writer: Charles O'Neal


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Special Guest Stars
Jim BackusJim Backus
As William Norbert

Guest Stars
Marc Lawrence (1)Marc Lawrence (1)
As Luigi Renaldo
Recurring
Jay WarrenJay Warren
As Paolo Rienzi (as Jay Warrenn)
Recurring
Tom ReeseTom Reese
As George Summers
Recurring
Dorothy MorrisDorothy Morris
As Mildred Norbert
Bart BurnsBart Burns
As Floyd Wheaton
Sal ArmettaSal Armetta
As Tommy Fiducci
William JustineWilliam Justine
As Ralph McNeill

Uncredited
Antony CarboneAntony Carbone
As Forenzi
Recurring
Ben FrommerBen Frommer
As Thug Checking Money
Recurring
Bert StevensBert Stevens
As Trial Spectator
Recurring
Bing RussellBing Russell
As Deputy Martinson
Recurring
Mack Williams (1)Mack Williams (1)
As Judge
Recurring
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel FernándezAbel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Jerry ParisJerry Paris
As Agent Martin Flaherty
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

1934. Though Al Capone was safely locked up in prison many of his former associates were still active in organized crime circles. One such associate was Luigi Renaldo who runs his illegal activities through a front called Midwest Enterprises. When Renaldo's accountant, William Norbert, discovers that the company is nothing but a front for illegal activities he decides he wants out. Renaldo agrees to let him go and then goes to Florida on some mob business leaving triggerman Paolo Rienzi in charge. Rienzi impulsively has Norbert beaten up. He isn't the brightest bulb in the box...

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Episode Notes
This episode features perhaps the most unusual undercover assignment in series history when Agent Youngfellow does duty as a flagpole sitting clown.

Marc Lawrence, who seemingly made a career out of playing mobsters, would return in The Genna Brothers and Blues for a Gone Goose.

Locations: Chicago, Kansas City, Woodland, IL



Episode Quotes
Rienzi: Paper says it's hot in Florida.
Renaldo: Make sure it don't get too hot here.

Narrator: Wherever the take was big, the crime syndicate was there.

Renaldo: Everytime something happens in Chicago they come running to Luigi.

Renaldo: They got nothing on Luigi. I'm 100% legit.



Episode Goofs
It's stated in the closing narration that former Capone lieutenant Luigi Renaldo was imporisoned at Alcatraz. In real life, this would not have been the case because the government took special care to send former associates of Al Capone to other prisons.



Analysis
A shocking scene where a young child is run over by a car and Agent Youngfellow's undercover stint as a clown are the highlights of this Season One entry. The climactic scene where the Renaldo mob is rounded up is also well worth watching.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerJosef Shaftel
CastingKerwin Coughlin
Music SupervisorTed Roberts (2)
HairstylistIrene Beshon
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Property MasterAllan Levine
Director of PhotographyRobert Hauser
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
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorVincent McEveety
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett  |  Harry Smith (6)
ComposerNelson Riddle
Assistant To The Executive ProducerArthur Fellows
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 1 episode 15 guide may contain spoilers
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