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The Untouchables: Tunnel of Horrors

A heroin deal goes wrong when Johnny Selkirk makes off with the shipment. Selkirk approaches disgraced former cop Arnold Justin, now a bagman for Frank Nitti, with a plan to sell the heroin back to Nitti for a tidy sum. Unfortunately for Selkirk, the crooked Justin has other plans.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x3
Airdate: Thursday October 26th, 1961

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Special Guest Stars
Martin Balsam
As Arnold Justin

Guest Stars
Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Don Gordon
As Johnny Selkirk
Joseph Ruskin
As Alexander Raeder
Robert Bice
As Captain Johnson
Harry Bartell
As Dr. Olsen
Barbara Pepper
As Landlady
Arnold Freeman
As Weisman

Vincent Barbi
As Nitti Council Member
Harry Wilson
As Carnival Patron
James Nusser
As Drunk
Jim Boles
As Marty Mattern
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


On August 28, 1933, the Untouchables, along with a detachment of undercover plainclothes Chicago police, are staking out an amusement pier on the lakefront. Sources indicate that circus impresario Alexander Raeder, owner of the pier, is the source of the narcotics which have been recently flooding the Windy City. Eliot Ness has received an anonymous tip that Raeder is delivering 15 lbs. of heroin, worth half a million dollars, to a syndicate contact. The drop-off point for the transaction is inside the Tunnel of Horrors, a carnival ride at the amusement park. The ride is operated by one Johnny Selkirk, an employee of Raeder...

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Episode Notes
Arnold Justin's plea to Eliot Ness demanding protection from Frank Nitti is very similar to the one made by Emile Bouchard in Season Two's Murder Under Glass.

Martin Balsam would return later in Season Three in Man in the Middle.

This episode marks the first of two times that a character played by Don Gordon would dive into the water to escape from Eliot Ness. Gordon would repeat the act in Fall Guy.

Don Gordon would return in Fall Guy, Ginnie Littlesmith Story, and One Last Killing.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Weisman: Make a will, Mr. Justin. It's later than you think.

Nitti: (to Justin) Don't go to sleep. You may never wake up.

Weisman: I'll give you even money that Maddern is dead and Justin is still goin'.
Justin: You're wrong, Weisman. The rabbit is back.

Raeder: (to the Untouchables) Since when is an employer responsible for the background of his employees?

Justin: (to Ness) What's the matter--my success gone to your head?

Ness: (to Justin) NItti took a big chance. I wouldn't trust you with the time of day.

Ness: You're a liar!
Justin: Well of course I am but you can't prove it. That's where we separate the men from the boys everytime.

The last of the three sledge hammer episodes which opened Season Three has Ness dealing with a foe he seems to despise worse than even Frank Nitti--a crooked cop. Martin Balsam is memorable as the disgraced former cop who matches wits with Ness over missing heroin and Bruce Gordon is even more nastier than usual as Frank Nitti.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlan A. Armer
ProducerLloyd Richards
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 OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorBen Ray
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 3 guide may contain spoilers
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