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The Untouchables: The Seventh Vote

After Al Capone is imprisoned for income tax evasions, his organization deadlocks between the Nitti and Guzik factions. Seeking to break this deadlock, Capone decides to import Asian narcotics czar Kafka to serve as a tie-breaking vote in Mob council decisions. Ness learns of this situation and races to Canada to prevent Kafka from entering the country.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x29
Airdate: Thursday May 18th, 1961



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Special Guest Stars
Nehemiah PersoffNehemiah Persoff
As Jake Guzik
Recurring

Guest Stars
Bruce Gordon (1)Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Recurring
Joseph RuskinJoseph Ruskin
As Alexander Stavro
Recurring
George N. NeiseGeorge N. Neise
As Archie Devlin
Recurring
Howard CaineHoward Caine
As Edwin Ballin
Recurring
Richard ReevesRichard Reeves
As Levinsky
Recurring
Baynes BarronBaynes Barron
As Muller/Brunner
Recurring
Allen JaffeAllen Jaffe
As Gregory
Recurring
Robert CornthwaiteRobert Cornthwaite
As Inspector Goodrich
Recurring

Uncredited
Howard CulverHoward Culver
As Smitty
Recurring
Charles SeelCharles Seel
As Baggage Man
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Steve LondonSteve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

In April of 1932, Al Capone is sitting in the Cook County Jail after being convicted in the fall of 1931 for income tax evasion. His criminal empire is in a state of flux. Breweries are being smashed by rival gangs and alky trucks are being hijacked. No action has been taken because of a deadlock on Capone's council between the factions of Frank "the Enforcer" Nitti and Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik. Nitti wants to blast those responsible for the raids. Three council members agree with him. Guzik votes no. The remaining three vote with him. Tie vote, no action taken. ..

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Episode Notes
This episode marks the second appearance by Nehemiah Persoff as Jake Guzik. Persoff would return as the character one final time in Season Four's Doublecross but that appearance would be sans Frank Nitti unlike this episode and The Empty Chair.

The character of mob lawyer Archie Devlin had appeared previously in part 1 of The Big Train.

Jake Guzik's idea about giving a free fix to every junkie who brings along a new customer would be repeated by Georgianna Drake in Season Three's Man Killer.

Locations: Chicago, Canada



Episode Quotes
Devlin: (to Nitti and Guzik) Looks like you two boys are gonna have to work together.

Nitti: (to Stavro) If your price goes up one more time, you're dead. And so's your punk with the chopper.

Guzik: (after the sniper fails to kill him) You missed, Frank. Now you're gonna have to start lookin' over your shoulder.

Nitti: Where's the Organization? Everybody's askin'. And the answer is without Al sittin' in that chair there is no organization.
Guzik: We're the Organization. We decide what's gonna be done by a vote not by hysteria.

NItti: (to Guzik) If you don't vote action, I'll take action.

Nitti: How we gonna stop 'em if we don't kill 'em?
Guzik: We don't stop 'em.

Nitti: Ah, Ness don't bother me.
Guzik: No, you're bigger than Al. He got Al so he bothers me.

Archie Devlin: So Kafka will be your seventh vote. He'll break the deadlock. He'll also break anything else if he has to.



Episode Goofs
Nitti's man who gets killed is referred to as Brunner many times in the dialogue but is billed as Muller in the ending credits.



Analysis
Frank Nitti and Jake Guzik make a second and final appearance together in this episode. One wishes there had been another episode or two but here and The Empty Chair are all we get. It's a pity because Bruce Gordon and Nehemiah Persoff were the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of TV gangsters.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
ProducerAlan A. Armer
Associate ProducerLloyd Richards
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
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 EditorWayne Fury
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorBen Ray
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorVincent McEveety
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 2 episode 29 guide may contain spoilers
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