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The Untouchables: The Matt Bass Scheme

Ex-convicts Matt Bass and Jason Fiddler develop a surefire way to smuggle booze into Chicago--underground through a pipeline. Bass tries to sell the scheme to Frank Nitti but "the Enforcer" doesn't buy into it until Ness starts hitting his breweries even harder.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x5
Airdate: Thursday November 09th, 1961

Special Guest Stars
Telly SavalasTelly Savalas
As Matt Bass

Guest Stars
Bruce Gordon (1)Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Milton SelzerMilton Selzer
As Jason Fiddler
Michael ConstantineMichael Constantine
As Seth Otis
Joseph BernardJoseph Bernard
As Solly Wilks
Toni TucciToni Tucci
As Alma
John Harmon (1)John Harmon (1)
As Phil Grier
Grant RichardsGrant Richards
As Frankie Resko
Herman RudinHerman Rudin
As Bochek

Baynes BarronBaynes Barron
As Larry Rand
Carl MilletaireCarl Milletaire
As Pete Konitz
Jason WingreenJason Wingreen
As Captain Dorset
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 mid-June of 1932, Eliot Ness had compiled a list of Frank Nitti's breweries and distilleries and began a series of raids which cost "the Enforcer" a staggering sum of money. Nitti then calls a meeting with Seth Otis and Phil Grier, owners of the largest speakeasy in Chicago, the Hotsy Totsy Club. Nitti informs Otis and Grier that he's going to build new breweries and distilleries outside of town where Ness can't find them and have the booze delivered by trucks. This re-organization is expected to take up to six weeks. Grier and Otis are shocked. They can't last that long without booze. Nitti then lays down the law. No bringing in booze from out of state. It's up to Grier and Otis to set the good example for the other speakeasy owners...

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Episode Notes
This episode marks the only Season Three appearances of Pete Konitz and Captain Dorset who were both recurring characters in Season Two.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Bass: I quit asking questions when I was four.

Nitti: Seth Otis.
Konitz: It'll be a pleasure.

Nitti: Resko and Bochek! The happiness boys!

Konitz: Matt Bass is here to see you, Frank.
Nitti: Matt Bass? What did he do-bust outta the pen?

Grier: Ness'll get tired, Frank.
Nitti: That's what Al said for four years.

Grier: That ain't fair, Frank!
Nitti: I make the rules what's fair and what ain't.

Bass: Once is all I got to hear something.

Otis: What makes you think I need protection?
Ness: Because there are two license plates to every car, Otis.

Episode References
The name Seth Otis had been used previously in King of Champagne which aired in Season Two.

Ness and Nitti go at it again in this one and Telly Savalas is along for the ride too. It adds up to a good episode and also marks the final appearance of Carl Milletaire as Nitti's nastiest triggerman, Pete Konitz. If he'd had a dozen more like Konitz, Nitti might have beaten the Untouchables once and for all.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlan A. Armer
ProducerLloyd Richards
Associate ProducerVincent McEveety
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
HairstylistAnna Malin
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterAllan Levine
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorDel Reisman
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorRolland M. Brooks  |  Howard Hollander
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorRobert Watts
ResearcherKellam De Forest
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorTed Schilz
Sound EngineerS.G. Haughton
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJerry Thorpe
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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