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The Untouchables: Augie "the Banker" Ciamino

Augie Ciamino, crime boss of Chicago's Little Italy, forces poor immigrants to distill liquor for the syndicate using homemade stills. Ness tries to get Renzo Rainieri to stand up to Ciamino after the intentional blinding of one of Rainieri's close friends.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x17
Airdate: Thursday February 09th, 1961

Special Guest Stars
Keenan WynnKeenan Wynn
As Augie Ciamino

Guest Stars
Will KuluvaWill Kuluva
As Renzo Rainieri
Harry Dean StantonHarry Dean Stanton
As Picolo (as Dean Stanton)
Bernard KatesBernard Kates
As Lee
Bernard FeinBernard Fein
As Richie
Andrea DarviAndrea Darvi
As Theresa Raineri
Penny SantonPenny Santon
As Gio's Wife
Lee PhilipsLee Philips
As Paul Rainieri
Sam JaffeSam Jaffe
As Luigi Falconi
Rebecca WellesRebecca Welles
As Rose Raineri
Roscoe AtesRoscoe Ates
As Drunk
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


By the summer of 1931, Eliot Ness and the Untouchables had shut down many of the large breweries and distilleries in Chicago. But the nimble minds of the underworld were not long in coming up with other means to produce illicit hooch. Taking advantage of the poverty and desperation of many immigrants, the gangsters devised small, makeshift stills which could be used to produce whiskey in their homes. In charge of this operation was Augie "the Banker" Ciamino, the absolute boss of Chicago's Little Italy. Ciamino's illicit operation was fast canceling out the gains made by the Untouchables...

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Episode Notes
The scenario of gangsters forcing poor Italian immigrants to make whiskey for them would be repeated in Season Three's The Genna Brothers.

In an ironic bit of casting, Keenan Wynn played an Untouchable in the pilot for the series.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Ciamino: (pointing a pistol at Ness) I'll kill ya, Ness!
Ness: It only holds six.

Ciamino: Ciamino takes care of his friends.

Ciamino; (to Rainieri) Come on, baker, you know everything. You go to night school.

Ness: (to the nightschool class) Remember, I'm working for you. You're paying me. You ought to get your money's worth.

Episode Goofs
In the climactic scene, Augie Ciamino fires seven shots at Ness from a six shot revolver.

Fair episode but a long way from a classic. Still, it does demonstrate that the show wasn't as anti-Italian as it critics claimed as it does rightly point out that Italians themselves were often the biggest victims of the criminal activities of their fellow ethnics.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
ProducerHerman Hoffman
Associate ProducerLloyd Richards
CastingLynn Stalmaster  |  James Lister (2)
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
HairstylistIrene Beshon
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
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 OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorElmo Veron
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorSergei Petschnikoff
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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