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The Untouchables: Underworld Bank

Mob financier Milo Sullivan forms an underworld bank which provides financial backing to criminal enterprises. Milo's undoing comes when he shortchanges robber Duke Mullen who has just pulled a million dollar fur heist.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x26
Airdate: Thursday April 14th, 1960

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Writer: Aben Kandel


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Special Guest Stars
Thomas Mitchell (1)
As Milo Sullivan

Guest Stars
Virginia Vincent
As Louise O'Hara
Recurring
Peter Falk
As Duke Mullen
Recurring
Val Avery
As Johnny
Recurring
Ernest Sarracino
As Tony Zagano
Recurring
Penny Santon
As Mrs. Zagano
Recurring
Raymond Bailey
As D. A. John Carvel
Recurring
Frank Gerstle
As Police Captain
Recurring
Bernard Kates
As Davie
Recurring
Vincent Barbi
As Augie Epstein (as Vince Barbi)
Recurring
Leonard Bremen
As Police Sgt. (as Lennie Bremen)
Recurring

Uncredited
Addison Richards
As Harold Eshman
Recurring
Allen Jaffe
As Third Hood in Lineup
Recurring
John Davis Chandler
As Sullivan's Hood
Recurring
Main Cast
Robert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Nicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Anthony George
As Agent Cam Allison (1960)
Walter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

On September 23, 1933, underworld elder statesman, consultant, and financier Milo Sullivan meets with a group of other racketeers to form an underworld bank. They will provide funding for hoods who need men and materials to pull off big jobs. Milo reasons that it isn't illegal to lend money and estimates that for every $1 they lend out they'll get back $2. The others go along and the underworld bank is founded...

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Episode Notes
Peter Falk and Thomas Mitchell both played Lt. Columbo. Mitchell originated the role in the Broadway play Prescription: Murder. Falk played the rumpled detective in the long-running television series. The two also appeared together in the 1962 film Pocketful of Miracles.

Location: New York City



Episode Quotes
Zagano: (to Ness) I'm up to here in alibis for the past six months.

Ness: What are you living off?
Mullen: Credit.
Ness: Who from?
Mullen: Friends.

Mullen: (to hood about Ness) He don't seem like such a bad guy. Nothing to worry about.

Zagano: I gotta cover a note at the bank.
Ness: A big note?
Zagano: Too big for me.

Mrs. Zagano: He never told me about no bank.
Johnny: So, you learn about it from me.



Cultural References
The last name of Virginia Vincent's character in this episode, O'Hara, might be a tribute reference to one of Thomas Mitchell's most famous roles--Thomas O'Hara in Gone With the Wind.



Analysis
Here we get to see both Lt. Columbos appearing opposite each other in veteran Thomas Mitchell and young Peter Falk. Falk in particular gives a fine effort in this entry.



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
Production ManagerLloyd Richards
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
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
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 1 episode 26 guide may contain spoilers
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