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The Untouchables: Stranglehold

The Untouchables travel to New York to do battle with Frank Mercouris, a racketeer who's taken over the largest fish market in the city.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x27
Airdate: Thursday May 04th, 1961

Director: Paul Wendkos
Writer: Harry Kronman

Special Guest Stars
Ricardo MontalbanRicardo Montalban
As Frank Mercouris

Guest Stars
Phillip PinePhillip Pine
As Lenny Shore
Kevin HagenKevin Hagen
As Swede Kelso
Robert J. WilkeRobert J. Wilke
As Dutch Schultz
Oscar BeregiOscar Beregi
As Joe Kulak
Adrienne MardenAdrienne Marden
As Mrs. McGonigle
Gene RothGene Roth
As Lepke Buchalter
Frank PugliaFrank Puglia
As Carlo Feruzzi
Trevor BardetteTrevor Bardette
As McGonigle
Burt MillerBurt Miller
As Matson

Kam TongKam Tong
As Waiter
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator


Racketeer Frank Mercouris has taken over the Fulton Fish Market In New York. It supplies 700 million lbs. of fish a year worth over $200 million. When Joe McGonigle, owner of a fishing boat, won't pay protection money two of Mercouris' hoods, Lenny Shaw and Swede Kelso, drown his deck hand. This makes the papers and the authorities in New York put in a call to Chicago and send for Eliot Ness and the Untouchables once again...

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Episode Notes
Robert J. Wilke takes over the role of Dutch Schultz from Lawrence Dobkin in this episode. When Wilke returned to the show, he would play another real life mobster--George "Bugs" Moran. Wilke played Moran in Arsenal and The Eddie O'Gara Story.

From this episode onwards, Joe Kulak would be put forth as a New York mobster whereas in the character's previous appearance in The Organization it was stated that he hailed from St. Louis.

This episode marks the first appearance of the character of real life mobster Louis "Lepke" Buchalter. In this episode he is played by Gene Roth but in future appearances he would be played by Robert Carricart and Joseph Ruskin.

Frank Puglia can't seem to win. In The Dutch Schultz Story his character had acid tossed into his face and the same thing happens in this episode.

Location: New York City

Episode Quotes
Mercouris: (to Schultz) You can have it like it used to be. I'll take right now.

Schultz: Yesterday was a long time ago, Frankie. You didn't have the syndicate on your back.

Mercouris: I took that market. It's mine and no one tells me how to run it.
Schultz: They tell you. The boys.

Lenny: (to McGonigle) Some guys, you can't hardly teach 'em nothing.

Hobson: It just took us too long to get here.
Ness: It's gonna be longer going back.

Philip Pine, who seemed to pop up every fourth or fifth episode as a supporting villain, wins the acting honors in this barely average Season Two entry. By this episode, Ness and company were looking like they'd spent way too much time in New York.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
ProducerAlan A. Armer
Associate ProducerLloyd Richards
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
HairstylistIrene Beshon
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Property MasterAllan Levine
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 DirectorSergei Petschnikoff
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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