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The Untouchables: The White Slavers

Ness tries to bring down white slaver Mig Torrance but faces a great deal of apathy from both the newspapers and the public. But when nine Mexican prostitutes are brutally murdered near the United States border on the orders of Torrance, the public is finally aroused and the girls working for Torrance organize against him.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x22
Airdate: Thursday March 10th, 1960



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Special Guest Stars
Betty FieldBetty Field
As Mrs. Buchanan

Guest Stars
Mike KellinMike Kellin
As Mig Torrance
Recurring
Nita TalbotNita Talbot
As Alice
Recurring
Jeremy SlateJeremy Slate
As Red Foran
Recurring
Paul LangtonPaul Langton
As Bob Wheaton
Recurring
Frank LondonFrank London
As Ed "Goldie" Gold
Recurring
Theona BryantTheona Bryant
As Lucille
Recurring
Dick YorkDick York
As Ernie Torrance
James Anderson (1)James Anderson (1)
As Nicky Flanagen
Natividad VacioNatividad Vacio
As Station Attendant
Sarita VaraSarita Vara
As Ellena
Mona KnoxMona Knox
As Edna

Uncredited
Ray WalkerRay Walker
As Kimmell
Recurring
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

Recap

March 1934. Prohibition is over but Al Capone continues to run his criminal empire from behind prison bars. His new bit money maker is prostitution. A nasty and sadistic homosexual named Mig Torrance runs the operation for him for a 50% cut of the action. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables raid one of Mig's whorehouses. All of the prostitutes except one, Mary Sage, escape through a trap door on the premises. Mary can't escape because she's just died from a drug overdose. She is being mourned by Ernie Torrance, Mig's younger brother. Ernie's compadre, Red Foran, quickly ushers him out of the house before he gets caught up in the raid too...

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Episode Notes
This episode ranks as the bloodiest of the series with at least 15 people getting killed. Especially shocking is the scene where nine Mexican prostitutes are brutally machine gunned in cold blood.

Jeremy Slate would return in the series finale A Taste for Pineapple.

Nita Talbot would appear once more in the Season Four opener The Night They Shot Santa Claus.

Locations: Chicago, Mexico



Episode Quotes
Reporter: Did Torrance ever try to buy you off?
Ness: There've been some second hand romances but I think he's got my message by now.

Wheaton: Partners got a place for bullets between the eyes just like everyone else, Mig.

Mrs. B: Don't you know why they invented doorbells, Mig?

Mrs. B: (to Mig) I still got a couple of friends who wouldn't mind fixin' you up with a permanent stare.



Episode Goofs
The character of Bob Wheaton is billed as Bob Wheeler in the ending credits.



Analysis
It's pretty obvious that the lead villain of this episode, Mig Torrance, is a homosexual although in those days they couldn't come right out and say that in the script. Also worth watching: Dick York in a pre-Darrin Stephens role.



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 PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorHarry Fried
Production SupervisorArgyle Nelson
Art DirectorFrank T. Smith  |  Ralph Berger
Sound EditorJosef Von Stroheim
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorBen Ray
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorVincent McEveety
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Assistant To The Executive ProducerArthur Fellows
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 1 episode 22 guide may contain spoilers
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