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The Untouchables: The Nero Rankin Story

New syndicate czar Nero Rankin is a man worthy of Satan himself. He threatens to have carloads of gunmen open up on innocent pedestrians unless Ness ceases his raids against syndicate operations.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x28
Airdate: Thursday May 11th, 1961

Special Guest Stars
Joanna MooreJoanna Moore
As Althea

Guest Stars
Will KuluvaWill Kuluva
As Nero Rankin
Richard KarlanRichard Karlan
As Maury Brigger
Barry RussoBarry Russo
As Lefty Soputhern (as John Duke)
Murvyn VyeMurvyn Vye
As Lou Hyndorf
Brooke ByronBrooke Byron
As Amy
John DehnerJohn Dehner
As Huey Barker
Barry KelleyBarry Kelley
As Pat Polofski
Jean CarsonJean Carson
As Sylvia Orkins

Bill BaldwinBill Baldwin
voiced Radio Announcer
Byron MorrowByron Morrow
As Hartley Lester
Dan SeymourDan Seymour
As Cy Brenner
Norman LeavittNorman Leavitt
As Injured Bystander
Wolfe BarzellWolfe Barzell
As Lefty's Uncle
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


After the death of Judge Foley and the destruction of the Underground Court, represenatives of the big syndicate, then in control of over 50% of the nation's crime, met at a roadhouse outside of Chicago. They were meeting to vote on whether Nero Rankin, owner of the roadhouse and Judge Foley's designated successor, would be their new chairman. The five voting members were: Murray Brigger (Southwest), Lou Hyndorf (East Coast), Huey Barker (Midwest), Pat Polofski (Detroit), and Cy Brenner (New Orleans)...

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Episode Notes
This episode functions as a sequel of sorts to The Underground Court as several events that occured in that episode are mentioned in this one.

Joanna Moore is the mother of actress Tatum O'Neal.

Brooke Byron would return in Season Three's The Ginnie Littlesmith Story.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Rankin: I ain't some old horse gonna eat grass the rest of my life.

Sylvia: (about Rankin) The old fool's gonna get himself killed.

Sylvia: I haven't had much to do with cops before.
Ness: If you stick us we bleed.

Ness: You the manager of this club?
Madame Amy: How clever of you to guess.

Rankin: (to the council) I clean dirt like you outta my fingernails every day.

Rankin: Now you'll see how class operates.

Episode Goofs
When the Untouchables are driving over to the hotel for their climactic showdown with the syndicate bosses, Agent Rossman is not inside the car but when they arrive at the hotel parking garage he comes charging out with the rest of them.

Though John Duke's character is called Lefty, he appears to be right handed.

It probably would have been better had John Dehner and Will Kuluva switched roles. Kuluva was more effective in sympathetic parts than as a lead heavy.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
ProducerLloyd Richards
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
HairstylistMerle Reeves
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Property MasterAllan Levine
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorHarry Fried
Production SupervisorArgyle Nelson
Art DirectorHoward Hollander  |  Rolland M. Brooks
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorRoss Taylor
Based On The Works OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorBill Murphy (2)
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorSergei Petschnikoff
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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