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The Untouchables: The King of Champagne

Ness goes up against a trio of baddies who each desire to become Chicago's new king of champagne: slimy Ed Wald, miserly Barney Loomis, and slippery Michel Viton.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x30
Airdate: Thursday May 25th, 1961



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Guest Stars
Robert Middleton
As Barney Loomis
Recurring
Michael Constantine
As Edmund Wald
Recurring
Barry Morse
As Michel Viton
Recurring
Jason Wingreen
As Captain Dorset
Recurring
Grant Richards
As Harry Brooks
Recurring
Ben Wright
As Wellin
Recurring
Jack Anthony (1)
As Louis Monk
Jean Harvey (1)
As Mrs. Loomis

Uncredited
Cyril Delevanti
As Museum Night Watchman
Recurring
John Cliff
As Warehouseman
Main Cast
Robert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Walter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

In late November, 1932, upon receiving an anonymous tip, Eliot Ness and the Untouchables raid a warehouse filled with champagne bottles. The landlord of the building, Michel Viton, is arrested but later released for lack of evidence. After leaving the Cook County Jail, Viton is met by a deaf mute named Birdie who takes him to see his boss, Edmund Wald, a bottle manufacturer (who's also the one who tipped Ness as to the location of the champagne). Wald is manufacturing champagne bottles and has a man in Indiana making a brew of spiced cider and sugar cane that can pass for champagne. Viton sips the stuff and says it's passable. Wald can get all the bogus stuff he wants for $2 a quart and wants to re-sell it for $10 a bottle...

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Episode Notes
Robert Stack reportedly passed out on the set during the scene where Birdie tries to strangle Eliot Ness because George Kennedy got too into his character.

Barry Morse would return in Season Four's Globe of Death. His most famous role is that of Lt. Phillip Gerard in the 1963-67 ABC drama The Fugitive.

Location: Chicago



Episode Quotes
Viton: A good bottle of Chateau Blanc always concerns a Frenchman.

Worker: We were paid in advance by the employment agency.
Ness: Didn't that seem strange?
Woker: MIster, when you ain't worked in five months, believe me, it don't seem strange.

Viton: Can you supply the money?
Wald: I got an uncle but it'll be like pulling teeth.

Son: I"m hungry.
Barney: Music is good for the digestion.

Barney: (to his family) As long as it's my money, I'll have all the opinions around here.



Episode References
Seth Otis is the name of a speakeasy owner in this episode whom Ed Wald sends Birdie out to kill. The name Seth Otis would also be used again in the Season Three episode, The Matt Bass Scheme. Interestingly enough, in that episode, Seth Otis was a speakeasy owner and he was played by none other than Michael Constantine, who played Ed Wald in this episode. Apparently, writer David Z. Goodman had a sense of humor since he penned both episodes.



Analysis
The thing that makes this episode work is that the guest stars seemed like they were enjoying working on this episode and working with each other on-screen. Good chemistry always makes things better and that's the case here.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
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  |  Howard Hollander
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 30 guide may contain spoilers
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