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The Untouchables: The Organization

In the latter part of 1932, Arnie Seegar and St. Louis mob boss Joe Kulak plan to form a new nationwide crime syndicate. Ness tries to put an end to this new crime menace before it can get itself off the ground.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x15
Airdate: Thursday January 26th, 1961

Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Harry Kronman


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8/10 (1 Vote cast)
Special Guest Stars
Richard ConteRichard Conte
As Arnie Seegar
Recurring

Guest Stars
Milton SelzerMilton Selzer
As Maxie Schram
Recurring
Oscar BeregiOscar Beregi
As Joe Kulak
Recurring
Richard KarlanRichard Karlan
As Danny Kurtz
Recurring
Grant RichardsGrant Richards
As Jerry Tomack
Recurring
John Harmon (1)John Harmon (1)
As Arno Schwager
Recurring
Russ BenderRuss Bender
As George Cooper
Recurring
Susan Oliver (1)Susan Oliver (1)
As Roxie Plummer
Thom CarneyThom Carney
As Dutch

Uncredited
Cyril DelevantiCyril Delevanti
As Flophouse Manager
Recurring
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 November of 1932, Al Capone was locked up in prison. Frank Nitti was holding the Organization together but there were other lions out there hunting for prey. One of the biggest was Joe Kulak from St. Louis. Kulak was nicknamed "the Teacher" because he had given so many top mobsters their starts. Kulak arrives in Chicago and, tailed by the Untouchables, heads for the Westside Athletic Club. This gym is a front for crime boss Arnie Seegar, a protege of Kulak...

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Episode Notes
This marks the first appearance of mob kingpin Joe Kulak. In this episode it is stated in the dialogue that he is from St. Louis but in future episodes he would hail from New York City.

Richard Conte would return in Season Four's The Chess Game.

Milton Selzer, perhaps the ultimate Untouchables milquetoast, would return in The Matt Bass Scheme, Downfall, and Cooker in the Sky.

Roxie Plummer definitely ranks as the coldest-hearted moll of the series. This female grinch has a heart about three sizes too small.

Location: Chicago



Episode Quotes
Roxie: Helping you turns my stomach.
Ness: It did the same to Maxie.

Ness: (to Kulak) I pull the right strings and you're on the next train back to St. Louis.

Kulak: I don't like no arguments.

Kurtz: How are you, Maxie?
Maxie: How am I? I got a lousy prison suit on my back and five lousy prison bucks in my pocket. I'm fine.

Rico: Kurtz is workin' late too.
Ness: Kurtz is dead.

Maxie: I ain't no salami hangin' up on a hook for anybody who's got the price.

Seegar: I always say you gotta roll with the punch. You lose a friend, you gain a friend.



Episode Goofs
At the end of the episode it's stated that Joe Kulak was executed in early 1933 but in several subsequent appearances he would be alive and well after that date.



Analysis
An incredibly hokey ending lowers this one in my book. The scene where Ness shoots Seegar is really needless and was probably inserted by producers who felt that not enough people had been killed in the episode.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
ProducerAlan A. Armer
Associate ProducerLloyd Richards
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
HairstylistAnna Malin
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 EditorJohn Post
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
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 2 episode 15 guide may contain spoilers
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