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The Untouchables: A Seat on the Fence

Radio commentator Loren Hall takes a seat on the fence when he refuses to divulge a confidential source which might help Ness smash a narcotics ring. Hall soon learns that one can't always remain neutral in the struggle against organized crime.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x6
Airdate: Thursday November 24th, 1960

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Special Guest Stars
John McIntire
As Loren Hall

Guest Stars
John Anderson (1)
As George McPhail
Val Avery
As Frankie Salinas
Arlene Martel
As Carla Patrone (as Arline Sax)
Olan Soule
As Dr. Amos Hallet
Joseph Anthony
As Victor Bardo
Gene Lyons
As Willie Dasher
Frank Silvera
As Dino Patrone
Len Lesser
As Gunther

Cyril Delevanti
As Newsboy
Robert Griffin
As Hospital Administrator
Main Cast
Robert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Walter Winchell
As Narrator


In the summer of 1932, thanks largely to the efforts of Eliot Ness and the Untouchables, the flow of illegal drugs into Chicago from foreign sources has been stemmed. But the ever resourceful underworld has been using new ways to get their hands on narcotics such as robbing drug stores, doctors offices, and wholesale drug houses. ..

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Episode Notes
According to the production codes, this was the first episode of Season Two to be filmed.

The character of Loren Hall is loosely based on show narrator Walter Winchell.

John McIntire would later star in Wagon Train and The Virginian.

Location: Chicago, Michigan

Episode Quotes
Bardo (after taking a shot of insulin): Now I may live forever.

Ness: (to Hall) Is it your habit to protect killers?

Ness: Crime, Mr. Hall, can never become major without the help of people like you.

Hall: I'm the man in the middle. I get warnings from both sides.

Frankie: (about Dr. Hallett) You think he'll talk?
Bardo: Make sure he doesn't.

John McIntire's performance is the highlight of an episode that drags in spots but overall is decent.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
ProducerWalter Grauman
Associate ProducerLloyd Richards
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
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 ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorBen Ray
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorVincent McEveety
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
Warning: The Untouchables season 2 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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