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The Untouchables: Little Egypt

The downstate area of Illinois known as LIttle Egypt is riddled with vice, corruption, and gang violence. In the city of Moraine, a reform ticket is elected to public office but the newly elected mayor and sheriff are assassinated on election eve. At the special request of the governor of Illinois, Ness sends rookie agent Cam Allison undercover to Moraine to bring down Major Charlie Byron--the man responsible for the murders.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x18
Airdate: Thursday February 11th, 1960

Director: John Peyser
Writer: Joseph Petracca


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Special Guest Stars
Fred ClarkFred Clark
As Major Charlie Byron

Guest Stars
John MarleyJohn Marley
As Ed Carlton
Recurring
Sam GilmanSam Gilman
As Deputy Lenny Parker
Recurring
Norman AldenNorman Alden
As Barry Carlton (as Norm Alden)
Recurring
Bartlett RobinsonBartlett Robinson
As Mayor Marcus Stone
Miriam GoldinaMiriam Goldina
As Mrs. Lazlo
James McCallionJames McCallion
As Shorty Checkers
Frank BellaFrank Bella
As Ray Williams
Susan CummingsSusan Cummings
As Hazel Stanley

Uncredited
Kenner G. KempKenner G. Kemp
As Diner Patron
Recurring
Dale Van SickelDale Van Sickel
As Sheriff Munie
John HudkinsJohn Hudkins
As Brawler
Majel BarrettMajel Barrett
As Waitress
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel FernándezAbel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Anthony GeorgeAnthony George
As Agent Cam Allison (1960)
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

The city of Morrain is located in the heart of the gangster infested area of downstate Illinois known as "Little Egypt." On election night in 1931, a reform ticket headed by Mayor Marcus Stone has just been elected. In a radio speech, Stone promises to rid the town of its number one gangster, Major Charlie Byron. Byron, listening to the speech on the radio, decides to make a pre-emptive strike. He orders his hoods to bump off Mayor Stone and the sheriff too. News of these assassinations send shock waives throughout the state of Illinois. Governor Joseph Stone calls Eliot Ness personally and asks for some Federal help in restoring the rule of law and order to Morrain and Little Egypt...

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Episode Notes
This episode marks the only time in show history that an Untouchable ever kissed a woman when Cam Allison swaps spit with Hazel Stanley in her apartment. It's even implied later in the dialogue that he spent the night there.

Agent Youngfellow only appears in the final shootout sequence.

John Marley would return in Testimony of Evil.

Location: Moraine, IL



Episode Quotes
Allison: (to Sheriff Parker) Wait a minute, that's my liquor. You order your own.

Byron: (about Mayor Stone) I promised him trouble if he didn't get out of the race. I like to keep my promises too.

Ness: (to Allison) This type of game is played for keeps.

Waitress: What kind of drink?
Allison: You bring it. I'll drink it.



Analysis
A rare episode where a subordinate Untouchable gets as much or more screen time as star Robert Stack. Anthony George, as Cam Allison, carries the load for the good guys here and does okay. So do John Marley as a gang henchman and Susan Cummings as a doomed fallen angel but Fred Clark is miscast as lead villain Charlie Byron. Some viewers might keep expecting George and Gracie to show up when they see Clark on-screen.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerJosef Shaftel
CastingKerwin Coughlin
Music SupervisorTed Roberts (2)
HairstylistIrene Beshon
Make-upGustaf Norin
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Property MasterAllan Levine
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorHarry Fried
Production SupervisorArgyle Nelson
Art DirectorFrank T. Smith  |  Ralph Berger
Production ManagerLloyd Richards
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorGeorge Jay Nicholson
CostumerByron Munson
Assistant DirectorJohn E. Burch
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Assistant To The Executive ProducerArthur Fellows
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 1 episode 18 guide may contain spoilers
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