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The Untouchables: The Purple Gang

Detroit's notorious Purple Gang kidnaps fellow underworld members and holds them for ransom. When they snatch Eric Vajda it puts them into conflict with both Eliot Ness and Frank Nitti. It seems as though Vajda is the major importer for the Capone gang's narcotics operation.

Episode Info


Episode number: 2x7
Airdate: Thursday December 01st, 1960

Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: John Mantley


Special Guest Stars
Steve CochranSteve Cochran
As Eddie Fletcher
Recurring

Guest Stars
Bruce Gordon (1)Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Recurring
Steven GeraySteven Geray
As Eric Vajda
Recurring
James FlavinJames Flavin
As Rocky Garver
Recurring
John ZaccaroJohn Zaccaro
As Andrews
Recurring
Joe TurkelJoe Turkel
As Loman
Recurring
Arthur KendallArthur Kendall
As Macine Gun Machen
Recurring
Carl MilletaireCarl Milletaire
As Nick Tomassi
Recurring
Werner KlempererWerner Klemperer
As Jan Tornek
Ilka WindishIlka Windish
As Marta Tornek
Paul LambertPaul Lambert
As Silkie De Long
Rayford BarnesRayford Barnes
As Edward Wiles

Uncredited
Dan SheridanDan Sheridan
As Chief Martin Unger
Harvey DunnHarvey Dunn
As Apartment Superintendent
Lou AntonioLou Antonio
As Cab Driver
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel FernándezAbel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Steve LondonSteve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

In August of 1932 Detroit's blood-stained Purple Gang had developed their own version of the snatch racket. They kidnap fellow underworld members and hold them for ransom. This way their victims can't or won't go to the police for help. They have successfully kidnapped 9 people for a total of 100 grand in ransom money. The leader of the Purple Gang is the volatile and unpredicatable Eddie Fletcher, a former bank robber suspected of numerous murders. Next on the Purple Gang's snatch list is one Jan Tornek, a small-time gambler on the firnges of the rackets who owns a novelty shop along with his brother-in-law Eric Vajda. Vajda is a recent immigrant to America having arrived from Europe seven months ago. ..

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Episode Notes
Bruce Gordon returned from the dead as Frank Nitti in this episode.

The character of Nick Tomassi would be called Pete Konitz in three subsequent appearances in order to appease Italian-American groups protesting the show's use of Italian surnames for its villains.

Joe Turkel would play a member of the Purple Gang again in Season Four's An Eye for an Eye.

Steve Cochran and Steven Geray would return in the Season Two finale The 90 Proof Dame.

Location: Detroit



Episode Quotes
DeLong: What about Tornek?
Fletcher: Ness wants him, okay, he's got him.

Garver: Ness! What's this--a Federal rap? I tell ya, I was framed. I had nothing to do with it.

Tomassi: (about Vajda) He says he ain't well.

Ness: Who killed Jan Tornek?
Wiles: Buffalo Bill.
Ness: Who shot Mrs. Tornek?
WIles: Florence Nightingale.

NItti: (grabs Fletcher) I oughta cut your heart out.

Loman: (about Tomassi) If we kill this character, they'll kill DeLong.
Fletcher: Who cares?

Nitti: (to Tomassi) You talk. If I say anything I might kill him.



Analysis
The scene where Frank Nitti enters the eerie and darkened warehouse for his rendezvous with the Purple Gang is one of the greatest in television history. Bar none.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
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 DirectorRolland M. Brooks  |  Ralph Berger
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorBen Ray
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorVincent McEveety
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
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