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The Untouchables: The Troubleshooter

The punchboard syndicate imports ace fixer Nate Selko from New York when Ness starts putting the heat on their operations. Selko fails with a bribery attempt but then has Ness framed for shooting an unarmed punchboard collector.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x1
Airdate: Thursday October 12th, 1961

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Special Guest Stars
Peter Falk
As Nate Selko

Guest Stars
Murray Hamilton
As Harry Dannigan
Ned Glass
As Max Riegel
Vladimir Sokoloff
As Sam
Frank Wilcox
As D. A. Beecher Asbury
Barnaby Hale
As Ned Beemis
John McLiam
As Rick Landy
Vincent Gardenia
As Jake Petrie
Michael Dana
As Al Deemers

Bruno VeSota
As Reporter
Paul Bryar
As Detroit Council Member
Gail Bonney
As Nurse
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
Steve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Walter Winchell
As Narrator


In the summer of 1934 a new gambling device swept the nation: the punchboards. Even though it was a nickel and dime game these nickels and dimes added up. The punchboards soon made more money for mobsters than the numbers racket. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables went after the punchboards hot and heavy, smashing several of their manufacturing sites. This caused a significant drop in revenue for the syndicate running the punchboard operaton. Its chairman, Jake Petrie, called an emergency meeting of members from other cities. ..

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Episode Notes
Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Selko: (to the punchboard syndicate) Now don't make me mad no more!

Ness: (to Selko) I've seen errand boys with more savvy than you.

Dannigan: I'm somebody in this town now.
Selko: (after Dannigan walks away from him) He's somebody all right.

Petrie: I told the Feds everything!
Selko: You shouldn't a done that, Jake.

Hobson: (to Petrie about Selko) I gotta hand it to him. He slipped it to you pretty good.

Petrie: You pushed real hard, didn't you, Selko? You pushed yourself right into the gutter. Well how does the top look from down there?

Petrie: You know, Selko, for a classy operator you're pretty pushy.
Selko: Did anybody ever get anywhere without pushing?

Ness: You work in the gutter, Selko, right down in the mud. That's where you belong.

Selko: I tell ya, Mr. Petrie, you got a special kinda problem that's gonna require a special kinda solution.

Ness: I told you I didn't want anything.
Selko: Everybody wants something.

Hobson: (about Ness) They got him on the carpet already.

Peter Falk ranks as one the best villains in show history. Nate Selko is as crafty and ruthless as they come and he came as close as anyone to toppling Eliot Ness from his position as organized crime's number one foe.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlan A. Armer
ProducerStuart Rosenberg
Associate ProducerVincent McEveety
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterAllan Levine
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorDel Reisman
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorHoward Hollander  |  Rolland M. Brooks
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorRobert L. Swanson
ResearcherKellam De Forest
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorTed Schilz
Sound EngineerS.G. Haughton
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJerry Thorpe
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
Warning: The Untouchables season 3 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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