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The Untouchables: The Unhired Assassin (2)

After one attempt on the life of Chicago Mayor Cermak fails, the Capone Mob has an assassin waiting for him on his vacation trip to Miami. Ness and the Untouchables discover the existence of this hit man and rush to save the day. But there is another man waiting in Miami, an unhired assassin named Giuseppe Zangara. The mentally unbalanced Zangara has the psychotic urge to kill an important leader. Will the two forces of assassination converge with one another?

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x21
Airdate: Thursday March 03rd, 1960

Director: Howard W. Koch
Writer: William Speir

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Special Guest Stars
Robert Middleton
As Mayor Anton Cermak

Guest Stars
Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Joe Mantell
As Giuseppe Zangara
Frank DeKova
As Louis "Little New York" Campagna
Lee Van Cleef
As Frank Diamond
Percy Helton
As Jocko
Sam Gilman
As Barney Kyle
Dick Whittinghill
As Earl Forrest
Eleanor Audley
As Mrs. Cross
Robert Gist
As Fred "Caddy" Croner
Sterling Holloway
As Horace DeVilbiss

Addison Richards
As Mayor Gautier
Charles Watts
As Committee Official
Ray Kellogg
As Geller
Robert Anderson
As Miami Police Chief
Main Cast
Robert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Nicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Steve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Anthony George
As Agent Cam Allison (1960)
Walter Winchell
As Narrator


After failing in one attempt to assassinate Mayor Anton Cermak, Frank Nitti has no intentions of quitting now. He's still plenty sore. So sore that he takes a gun and fires six shots into a picture of Cermak on the wall of the conference room at the Montmarte Cafe. His underlings are just glad that he's shooting at a picture instead of one of them. ..

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Episode Notes
For one of the few times in the series, Frank Nitti seems a little wary of one of his underlings as shown by how quickly he moves to smooth things over with Frank Diamond after their little disagreement.

Robert Gist, who plays the hired assassin, Fred "Caddy"Croner, would later direct the Season Four episode, Come and Kill Me, which, ironically, also dealt with mob assassins.

Locations: Chicago, Miami

Episode Quotes
Nitti: You know that appeals to me. The Bulgarian goes out with everybody watchin'.

Zangara: (about FDR's visit) And I gonna be ready for him.

Cermak: (to Ness about the raids) Treat 'em rough.

Allison: (about the note) Must be pretty hot stuff to cause all this.

Episode Goofs
In the scene where Nitti is shot, he seems to all but disappear while Ness and Allison read the letter to Al Capone written by Frank Diamond. Where's Nitti when this is going on? They could have at least put in some moans and groans. What should have been done is to cut to the sidewalk outside the Montmarte Cafe with perhaps a shot in the background of an ambulance taking the wounded Nitti to a hospital. Then have Ness and Allison look at the contents of the letter.

Historical goof: In real life, Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak didn't die at the scene where he was shot. His wounds were originally thought to be non-life threatening but he developed peritonitis and passed away several days later in a Miami hospital.

Part 2 of this two-parter drags in spots and is hampered by an incredibly hokey scene where Frank Nitti gets shot but all in all it's still a memorable episode. Joe Mantell as assassin Giuseppe Zangara wins the acting honors here as the Untouchables win the battle in this episode but end up losing the war.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerJosef Shaftel
Associate ProducerArthur Fellows
CastingKerwin Coughlin
Story EditorHarry Fried
Sound EditorJosef Von Stroheim
ComposerNelson Riddle
Warning: The Untouchables season 1 episode 21 guide may contain spoilers
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