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The Untouchables: Ring of Terror

Boxer Joey McGrath goes down for the count---permanently. Ness enters the case when an autopsy reveals that the dead boxer is full of morphine administered through his between round drinking fluids. Fight manager Barney Jurreau is the prime suspect at first but then things point to a gambling syndicate headed by former numbers boss Rudolph Krasna.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x24
Airdate: Thursday April 13th, 1961

Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: John Mantley

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Special Guest Stars
Viveca Lindfors
As Mrs. Jarreau

Guest Stars
Harold Stone
As Barney Jarreau
Richard Karlan
As Rudolph Krasna
Vaughn Taylor
As William Voyt
Sheldon Allman
As Hymie
John Daheim
As Rocky Pearson (as John Day)
Frank Wilcox
As D. A. Beecher Asbury
Howard Caine
As Blinky Rodrigues
Walter Burke
As Herbie Snow
Russell Collins
As Peabody
John Crawford
As Johnny Acropolis
George Carver
As Joey McGrath

Bert Stevens
As Hearing Comittee Member
Bill Baldwin
As Radio Announcer
Lou Krugman
As Hood
Olan Soule
As Smitty
S. John Launer
As Commissioner
Sailor Vincent
As Cornerman
Sam Harris (1)
As Reporter at Hearing
William F O'Brien
As Reporter at Hearing
Main Cast
Robert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Steve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Walter Winchell
As Narrator


In July of 1931 at the Chicago Sports Arena up and coming light-heavyweight boxer Joey McGrath is taking on journeyman Rocky Pearson. Many fight experts have tagged McGrath as the next light-heavyweight champ but things aren't going so well for him on this evening. After Pearson starts pummeling him in the 9th round, McGrath's manager, Barney Jarreau, throws in the towel. He is carried unconscious to the locker room where he dies...

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Episode Notes
Howard Caine would return a few episodes later in The Seventh Vote.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Rico: Going somewhere, Mr. Krasna?

Narrator: Tonight, Joey McGrath was on his way out.

Acropolis: (to Jarreau) People with big mouths have been known to get hurt.

Jarreau: (about hitting Ness) But that was yesterday.
Ness: It took me 24 hours to get mad.

Acropolis: I hope you do shoot off your mouth, Jarreau. Then they'll let me finish you for good.

Hobson: The fight game is like the weather. Everybody talks about it but nobody does anything.

Acropolis: (about McGrath) How is he?
Blinky: He ain't good.

Further proof that The Untouchables should have avoided episodes with a boxing setting although this one is not nearly as bad as Season One's Head of Fire, Feet of Clay which also dealt with the squared circle. This one is redeemed a little by an excellent performance from tough guy actor Harold J. Stone.

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  |  William Glasgow
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorElmo Veron
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorVincent McEveety
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
Warning: The Untouchables season 2 episode 24 guide may contain spoilers
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