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The Untouchables: One-Armed Bandits

Mob kingpin Augie Viale blackmails recent parolee Frank O'Dean into working in his slot machine racket. Ness, an old acquaintance of O'Dean's, tries to set him straight and bring down Viale as well.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x17
Airdate: Thursday February 04th, 1960

Special Guest Stars
Harry GuardinoHarry Guardino
As Frank O'Dean

Guest Stars
Larry GatesLarry Gates
As Julian Glass
John BeradinoJohn Beradino
As Augie Viale
Theodore MarcuseTheodore Marcuse
As Jack Curtiz
Wolfe BarzellWolfe Barzell
As Jake Bradowski
Penny SantonPenny Santon
As Emily Brodowski
Theona BryantTheona Bryant
As Nurse
Paul ComiPaul Comi
As George Colleone
Kenneth BeckerKenneth Becker
As Al Barberry (as Ken Becker)

Bert StevensBert Stevens
As Party Guest
George De NormandGeorge De Normand
As Party Guest
Kenner G. KempKenner G. Kemp
As Police Commissioner
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel FernándezAbel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Steve LondonSteve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Anthony GeorgeAnthony George
As Agent Cam Allison (1960)
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator


In February of 1932, Augie Viale is the new power in Chicago mob circles. His newest racket is slot machines nicknamed "One-Armed Bandits." Ness and the Untouchables are onto Viale though and manage to get Youngfellow undercover as a waiter at one of his swank parties...

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Episode Notes
In this episode we learn that Martin Flaherty has been transferred to head the Cleveland department of the Prohibition Bureau.

This marks the only episode where the viewers get to see the inside of Eliot Ness's house.

John Beradino had appeared previously as Augie Viale in The Jake Lingle Killing.

Harry Guardino would return in The Nick Moses Story and The Contract.

Larry Gates would return in The Larry Fay Story which aired in Season Two.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
O'Dean: I thought you got outta that business.
Ness: Some people are still in business. As long as they are, I am.

Ness: (to O'Dean) I'm trying to get Viale. I'd hate to have to get you again too.

O'Dean: (to Ness) You're the only copper I'd ride with if I was gonna ride with a copper.

O'Dean: (to Viale's hoods) They just locked me up. They didn't cut off my ears.

Cultural References
1930's radio commentator Floyd Gibbons is mentioned by name in this episode. The character of Gibbons would later appear on the show in Season Four's The Floyd Gibbons Story.

Watchable but not memorable would be my final words on this episode. Larry Gates wins the acting honors with an excellent turn as an alcoholic, disbarred attorney.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerSidney Marshall
CastingKerwin Coughlin
Music SupervisorTed Roberts (2)
HairstylistIrene Beshon
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Property MasterAllan Levine
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 EditorRobert L. Swanson
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorVincent McEveety
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Assistant To The Executive ProducerArthur Fellows
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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