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The Untouchables: The Underground Court

"Judge" Foley is a cocaine snorting psycho who deals out his own brand of justice to miscreant members of the underworld. Val Ferrar, who has stolen mob money, manages to evade Foley's evil clutches when he threatens to reveal all he knows about their activities to Eliot Ness. Ferrar then catches a cross-country ride with a voluptuous widow. But is this widow really who and what she appears to be?


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x18
Airdate: Thursday February 16th, 1961

Director: Don Medford
Writer: Leonard Kantor


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Special Guest Stars
Joan Blondell
As Mrs. Hannah "Lucy" Wagnahl

Guest Stars
Frank DeKova
As Judge Foley
Recurring
Eddie Firestone
As Ernie Berrigan
Recurring
Barry Russo
As William "Bo"Nairins
Recurring
Vic Perrin
As Inky Beggs
Recurring
Arthur Kendall
As Pedro Palmas
Recurring
William Fawcett
As Cooley
Recurring
Richard Devon
As Val Ferrar
Steve Conte
As First Hood

Uncredited
Paul Sorenson
As Counterman at Diner
Recurring
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
Steve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Walter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

On September 8, 1934, the cruise liner Morro Castle, sailing from Havana to New York, caught fire off the coast of New Jersey. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables are on the scene to arrest passenger Val Ferrar, a key member of the nationwide organized crime syndicate. Ferrar had been returning to the United States with the Cuban collection money from the syndicate's operations there. A ship officer tells Ness that Ferrar was reported drowned but the person who did the reporting was his sidekick, Inky Beggs. ..

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Episode Notes
The ending of this episode is one of the most shocking and unexpected of the series. Most viewers will not see it coming.

Some of the events of this episode would be mentioned a few episodes later in The Nero Rankin Story. That episode functioned as a sequel of sorts to this one.

Locations: New York City, New Jersey, West Virginia



Episode Quotes
Foley: (snorting some cocaine) You go the route, Inky?
Beggs: No thanks. I only got liquid vices, so to speak.

Foley: (to Inky) Welcome to Santa's workshop.

Nairins: (to Ness) Hey, that's illegal! I'll have you impeached!

Nairins: You lousy cop! You don't got care about my skin.
Ness: That's right, punk! I've got more feeling for the skin on a sausage.

Ferrar: I don't believe in pets personally. You get too attached to them.

Ferrar: We're gonna live the life, Inky. A couple of kings runnin' wild.



Episode Goofs
How could Val Ferrar carry a million dollars in a money belt strapped around his waist? Those bills must have been in extremely large denominations.



Analysis
An all-time classic of The Untouchables. This one has it all: action, humor, and an ending that's totally unexpected and chilling. You probably won't want to take a cross-country ride with a lonely widow after watching this one. Especially if she has a pet raven.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
ProducerJosef Shaftel
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 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 DirectorVincent McEveety
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 2 episode 18 guide may contain spoilers
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