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The Untouchables: Head of Fire - Feet of Clay

Ness goes after racketeer Johnny Fortunato who has been fixing prizefights. Ness's old high school chum, Frankie Barber, who now owns a sports arena, offers to lend a hand but he might have ulterior motives.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x27
Airdate: Thursday April 21st, 1960

Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Ben Maddow

Special Guest Stars
Jack WardenJack Warden
As Frank Barber

Guest Stars
Nehemiah PersoffNehemiah Persoff
As Johnny Fortunato
Madlyn RhueMadlyn Rhue
As Chickie Bernstein
Leo GordonLeo Gordon
As Pops Gantry
Virginia ChristineVirginia Christine
As Stella Barber
Adrienne MardenAdrienne Marden
As Nurse Vedkoff
Norman AldenNorman Alden
As John Henry Whitmore
George ChirelloGeorge Chirello
As News Vendor
Patsy KellyPatsy Kelly
As Slapsie Sadie

John Davis ChandlerJohn Davis Chandler
As Henchman
Sailor VincentSailor Vincent
As Peanut Vendor
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


Mobster Johnny Fortunato is acquitted on racketeering charges when the chief witness against him commits suicide. Eliot Ness, who had been working like a dog on the case, is depressed and down-hearted with the result. He decides to get a late supper at a diner where he runs into old high school chum Frankie Barber. The two men swap war stories about their glory days on the high school athletic fields. Barber informs Ness that he's now the owner of the Chicago Sports Palace and invites Ness to a boxing match...

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Episode Notes
This episode was originally entitled Bullets from Heaven.

Madlyn Rhue would return in Season Two's The Tommy Karpeles Story.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Barber: This Prohibition has made big men out of scum, and vice versa.

Fortunato: You think because you're Federal, you're big. Well, let me tell you somethin---this ain't Federal, this is Chicago!

Episode Goofs
The sport of Roller Derby is mentioned here but it wasn't invented until 1935 and this episode appears to take place a few years earlier although no exact date is ever given.

Don't even bother. Burn your copy of this episode. At best Head of Fire, Feet of Clay ranks as a great cure for insomnia. At worst, it gives off a stench that can never completely be fumigated. If you can sit through it all, you've definitely earned a medal.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerCharles Russell (1)
CastingKerwin Coughlin
Music SupervisorTed Roberts (2)
HairstylistIrene Beshon
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorHarry Fried
Production SupervisorArgyle Nelson
Art DirectorFrank T. Smith  |  Ralph Berger
Production ManagerLloyd Richards
Sound EditorJosef Von Stroheim
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorBen Ray
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorBud Grace
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Assistant To The Executive ProducerArthur Fellows
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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