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The Untouchables: Power Play

With an increase in crime the citizens of Chicago demand action. Prominent attorney Willard Thornton is appointed to the newly created post of Crime Commissioner. Eliot Ness is suspicious of Thornton and his suspicions happen to be correct. Thornton is secretly the head of a newly formed crime cartel. Cartel enforcer Steve "Country Boy" Parrish wants to quit the rackets and return to his rural roots but he knows too much about Thornton and the crime cartel to be allowed to go quietly into the night by either side of the law.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x2
Airdate: Thursday October 19th, 1961

Director: Paul Wendkos
Writer: Harry Kronman

Special Guest Stars
Wendell CoreyWendell Corey
As Willard Thornton

Guest Stars
Carroll OCarroll O'Connor
As Barney Lubin
Robert BiceRobert Bice
As Captain Johnson
Larry BreitmanLarry Breitman
As Joey Loomis
Paul GengePaul Genge
As Wally Jater
Bing RussellBing Russell
As Pete Garrett
Richard ReevesRichard Reeves
As 1st Trucker
Albert SalmiAlbert Salmi
As Steve "Country Boy" Parrish
Mary FickettMary Fickett
As Emmy Sarver
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


In the summer of 1933 a new crime wave hits Chicago. Outraged citizens demand action and they get it in the form of a new crime commissioner. Distinguished attorney Willard Thornton is appointed to the post. Eliot Ness, present at Thornton's appointment, does not appear pleased at this event...

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Episode Notes
Future Archie Bunker Carroll O'Connor would return in Season Four's Bird in the Hand.

Mary Fickett is best known for her role as Ruth Martin on the long running ABC daytime drama All My Children.

Locations: Chicago, Five Points IL

Episode Quotes
Hobson: (about Loomis) I know he's a small fish but are you gonna just throw him back?
Ness: How else can the big fish find him?

Lubin: You have to go clear through to Springfield?
Thornton: I'm afraid so. I'm having dinner with the governor.

Ness: Well, Country Boy Parrish.
Parrish: You got a nerve bustin' in here. Can't a man read his paper?
Ness: If that's all he's doing.

Parrish: You better get yourself a glass of water, Mr. Ness. You sound like you're losin' your voice.
Ness: Don't make book on it.
Parrish: All right, it's your throat.
Ness: It's your neck. I'm gonna put a rope around it.

Ness: (to Parrish) You'd better sleep with a couple of blankets. Those cells get drafty.

Ness: I didn't know raccoons made such good pets.
Emmy: They don't.

Parrish: (to Emmy) You don't lock me up like some lousy raccoon!

Here we get to see one of the more memorable female characters of the series. Mary Fickett gives a touching and multi-faceted performance as the tomboyish Emmy Sarver who's so desperate for love that she tries to force a fugitive mob hitman to stay with her forever.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlan A. Armer
ProducerLloyd Richards
Associate ProducerVincent McEveety
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
HairstylistJean Udko
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterKenneth L. Westcott
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorDel Reisman
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorHoward Hollander  |  Rolland M. Brooks
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorRoss Taylor
Based On The Works OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorRobert L. Swanson
ResearcherKellam De Forest
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorBud Grace
Sound EngineerS.G. Haughton
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJerry Thorpe
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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