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The Untouchables: The Big Squeeze

After bank robber Larry "Ace" Banner makes that one big score he plans on retiring. But when Banner's new wife runs through a bunch of his money and Ness discovers his hidden cash reserves, he is forced to go back to work. Ness then tries to use Banner's own methods to catch him in the act.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x19
Airdate: Thursday February 18th, 1960



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Special Guest Stars
Dan ODan O'Herlihy
As Larry "Ace" Banner

Guest Stars
Frank WilcoxFrank Wilcox
As D. A. Beecher Asbury
Recurring
John HoytJohn Hoyt
As James Havens
Dodie HeathDodie Heath
As Chickie Purcell (as Dody Heath)
James MageeanJames Mageean
As Jamie "the Knife" Hennigan
Jeanne VaughnJeanne Vaughn
As Miss Downes
Stephen CoitStephen Coit
As Art Lynch
Edmund HashimEdmund Hashim
As Matty Church (as Ed Hashim)
Pitt HerbertPitt Herbert
As Cashier

Uncredited
Mickey Golden (1)Mickey Golden (1)
As Waiter
Recurring
Don C. HarveyDon C. Harvey
As Bank Guard
Paul MaxeyPaul Maxey
As Grimes
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
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

March 1934. Bank robbery is still not a Federal offense but many want to make it one. Among those is the United States Attorney for Chicago, Beecher Asbury. He plans on attending a Senate hearing in Washington to try and get legislation passed so that bank robbery will fall under Federal jurisdiction. To help his case, he wants Eliot Ness to go after the best bank robber in the business--Larry "Ace" Banner. Banner has just pulled off a huge heist in Kansas City and is currently in Chicago staying at a swank hotel. ..

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Episode Notes
The writer of this episode, William Riley Burnett, also penned the crime novels Little Caesar and The Asphalt Jungle which were both made into classic films.

Locations: Chicago, Miami, Petroleum City, PA



Episode Quotes
Banner: The smartest man in the end outsmarts himself.
Ness: That's just what I'm counting on.

Banner: I love beautiful women but they're the one luxury I cannot afford.

Ness: (about Banner) Any rookie cop would recognize a master's touch.

Ness: (comparing Banner with gangsters like Capone) Inside you're all the same--thieves.

Ness: (to Asbury about Banner) He's right here in Chicago. The Crestmoor Arms, no less. He can afford it. He has excellent banking connections.

Banner: It's a fool's job.
Ness: Maybe but I wouldn't trade it for the one you'll be doing.

Narrator: Chickie Purcell's interest in Larry Banner lasted only as long as his bank account. When the money ran out so did Chickie.



Episode Goofs
Anthony George does not appear in this episode even though he is billed in the ending credits.



Cultural References
The character of Larry "Ace" Banner appears to be loosely based on Willie Sutton, a New York bank robber during the 1930s and 40s who frequently used disguises during his robberies and almost never carried a loaded gun.



Analysis
This episode, written by veteran crime novelist W.R. Burnett, contains a villain who's a bit more sympathetic than your average Untouchables foe. Dan O'Herlihy does a nice job here making Ace Banner one of Eliot Ness's most memorable foes.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerRoger Kay
CastingKerwin Coughlin
Music SupervisorTed Roberts (2)
HairstylistIrene Beshon
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorFrank Wade
Property MasterJack Briggs (2)
Director of PhotographyRobert Hauser
Story EditorHarry Fried
Production SupervisorArgyle Nelson
Art DirectorRolland M. Brooks  |  Ralph Berger
Production ManagerLloyd Richards
Sound EditorJosef Von Stroheim
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorRobert L. Swanson
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorMarvin Stuart
Sound EngineerFrank McWhorter
ComposerNelson Riddle
Assistant To The Executive ProducerArthur Fellows
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
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