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The Untouchables: The Nick Acropolis Story

Big time bookmaker Nick Acropolis has all sorts of problems: Frank Nitti wants 50% of his operation, his brother-in-law is stealing from him, one of his lieutenants wants him out of the way so he can takeover the operation, and Eliot Ness wants to nail him for income tax evasion. But at least Nick's loyal wife, Stella, stands by her man.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x31
Airdate: Thursday June 01st, 1961

Special Guest Stars
Lee MarvinLee Marvin
As Nick Acropolis

Guest Stars
Bruce Gordon (1)Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Johnny SevenJohnny Seven
As Frankie Fershman
Carl MilletaireCarl Milletaire
As Pete Konitz
Arthur KendallArthur Kendall
As Monk
Constance FordConstance Ford
As Stella Acropolis
Leonard StoneLeonard Stone
As Louis Manzak
Michael GrangerMichael Granger
As Sully Hinds
Lindsay WorkmanLindsay Workman
As Harry Krafton (as Lindsay Workman)

Francis DeSalesFrancis DeSales
As Auditor
Robert BiceRobert Bice
As Lt. Hale Johnson
Owen CunninghamOwen Cunningham
As Men's Shop Manager
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


In the summer of 1931, Nick Acropolis is the new bookmaking power in Chicago. His territory is Illinois and the six surrounding states. Nick's operation covers bets on everything and he's taking in nearly $2 million per month. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables are on the case. Rico has set up a wiretap in one of Nick's betting parlors which is being run by Sully Hinds. ..

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Episode Notes
In this episode it's revealed that Frank Nitti lived in Brooklyn as a young man before arriving in Chicago.

This episode was originally entitled The Nick Metropoulous Story.

Lee Marvin would return in Element of Danger and A Fist of Five.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
NIck: What's your name, punk?
Konitz: Pete Konitz.
Nick: Let me tell you something, Pete Konitz, I don't like your manners.

Nick: (to Ness) What is this--Grand Central Station?

Nitti: 50% of the operation is standard.
Nick: But we're old friends, Frank.

NIck: (to Louis) Smart bookies don't make no side bets with my money.

Rico: (about Sully) My pigeon has just been pumped full of holes.

Nitti: The word is you're pullin' down a couple of million a month.
Nick: It's a living.

The first of three episodes in which Lee Marvin guest stars is probably the weakest ot the three but that isn't exactly damning it. Anytime you've got "the Marv" and "the Enforcer" together you simply cannot have a bad episode.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJerry Thorpe
ProducerLloyd Richards
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
HairstylistBeth Langston
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorSandy Grace
Property MasterAllan Levine
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorHarry Fried
Production SupervisorArgyle Nelson
Art DirectorRolland M. Brooks  |  Howard Hollander
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorWayne Fury
Based On The Works OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorBen Ray
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorJay Sandrich
Sound EngineerT.T. Triplett
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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