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The Untouchables: The Antidote

Wally Baltzer, the king of illegal alcohol in Chicago, is worried when the government puts a new chemical denaturant into alcohol thus making it unfit for consumption. One of Baltzer's best chemists, the crippled Russell Shield, discovers the antidote for the government's formula but forces Baltzer to make him a partner in exchange. The greedy Shield then plots to do away with Baltzer and assume his role in the syndicate hierarchy.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x20
Airdate: Thursday March 09th, 1961



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Special Guest Stars
Joseph WisemanJoseph Wiseman
As Russell Shield
Recurring

Guest Stars
Telly SavalasTelly Savalas
As Wally Baltzer
Recurring
Bruce Gordon (1)Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Recurring
John MitchumJohn Mitchum
As Freddie
Recurring
Ben WrightBen Wright
As Jacques Villon
Recurring
Jason WingreenJason Wingreen
As Captain Dorset
Recurring
Lorna ThayerLorna Thayer
As Landlady
Recurring
Byron MorrowByron Morrow
As Speaker
Recurring
Gale RobbinsGale Robbins
As Lorna Willis
Jeff CoreyJeff Corey
As Max Frimmell
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
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

In mid-October of 1932 Prohibition is still the law of the land. The government is lookiing for ways to denature alcohol so that it can still be used for legitimate industrial purposes. If this alcohol was to be denatured it would be useless to the bootleggers...

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Episode Notes
This episode marks the first of three appearances for future Kojak star Telly Savalas. Interestingly enough, all three episodes in which Savalas appeared were Nitti episodes.

Bruce Gordon and Joseph Wiseman had previously appeared together twice on Broadway in the plays Antony and Cleopatra and The Lark.

John Mitchum is the younger brother of famed actor Robert Mitchum.

Locations: Chicago, Washington DC



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Gale RobbinsMean to Me 
Gale RobbinsIt All Depends on You 


Episode Quotes
Nitti: (to Baltzer) You know the one about the shoemaker's kids not havin' any shoes? That don't bother me. But my speaks not havin' any whiskey, that bothers me!

Baltzer: You don't understand, Frank.
Nitti: You bet I don't understand and when I don't understand, I get mad. And when I get mad, things happen to people I get mad at. Understand?

Baltzer: (upon receiving the news that his alcohol shipment was intercepted) Ain't the government got anything better to do?

Shield: Run, Max, run! You got two good legs, use 'em!

Shield: You're not the only one who could use killing, Wally.

Frimmell: Science doesn't take orders, Wally.

Baltzer: You can't fill up an empty shot glass with talk.

Shield: A watched pot, Mr. Frimmell, never boils.

Villon: Necessity might be the mother of mechanical invention but she's not even remotely related to chemicals.

Rico: That's a pretty big can of peas.
Ness: Let's try to make it smaller.



Analysis
Another classic episode with a memorable lead villain played by future Dr. No Joseph Wiseman. With Dr. No, Frank Nitti, and Kojak all in the same episode how could it be anything but good?



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 DirectorWilliam Glasgow  |  Rolland M. Brooks
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorRoss Taylor
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorBill Murphy (2)
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorVincent McEveety
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 2 episode 20 guide may contain spoilers
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