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Wily defense attorney Morton Halas gets mobster Red Mike Probich off the hook through some highly questionable legal maneuverings. Halas might do the same with Larry Coombs unless Eliot Ness can find a way to prevent it.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x6
Airdate: Thursday November 16th, 1961

Director: Paul Wendkos
Writer: Harry Kronman


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Special Guest Stars
Jack KlugmanJack Klugman
As Morton Halas
Recurring

Guest Stars
Martin LandauMartin Landau
As Larry Coombs
Recurring
Gavin MacLeodGavin MacLeod
As Whitey Metz
Recurring
Vaughn TaylorVaughn Taylor
As D. A. Harker Wade
Recurring
John WengrafJohn Wengraf
As Gus Kleeber
Recurring
Lorna ThayerLorna Thayer
As Connie Laverne
Recurring
Joe TurkelJoe Turkel
As Gobbo Karsh
Recurring
Alexander LockwoodAlexander Lockwood
As Dr. Burley
Recurring
George TobiasGeorge Tobias
As Mikhail "Red Mike" Probich
Wendell HolmesWendell Holmes
As Judge Courtleigh
Peter BroccoPeter Brocco
As Pete Lavery
Kaaren VerneKaaren Verne
As Landlady
Alan GilbertAlan Gilbert
As Orderly
Larkin FordLarkin Ford
As Witness

Uncredited
Gene CooganGene Coogan
As Associate
Recurring
Howard CulverHoward Culver
As Charlie
Recurring
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

Recap

In January of 1933, Eliot Ness and the Untouchables turned their big guns on Mikhail "Red Mike" Probich who had hard-fisted hs way up from the docks to a position of prominence on the Chicago underworld. They raid a speakeasy/brothel owned by Probich and run by Connie Laverne. Ness seizes Probich's books and thinks that he's as good as in jail...

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Episode Notes
Jack Klugman would return in Season Four's An Eye for an Eye.

Location: Chicago



Episode Quotes
Halas: (to Ness) I don't have to believe my client is innocent, I just have to prove it.

Halas: Some days you're just lucky.
Ness: Some days you're crooked.

Halas: You talk big numbers.
Coombs: I'm a big man.

Hobson: (about Coombs) He did us a favor. He got rid of Probich.
Ness: Not if he's putting on Probich's hat.

Coombs: (about the Probich murder) That late at night who's even awake?
Halas: You'd be surprised.

Coombs: You get me out. Whitey too.
Halas: I'm a lawyer not a miracle worker.



Episode Goofs
In the climactic scene, when Larry Coombs shoots Morton Halas, the first shot is clearly wide of the mark yet Halas grabs his abdomen area anyway.



Analysis
Jack Klugman gives one of the best guest performances of the series as Morton Halas, a defense attorney from an impoverished background, who's pulled himself up by the bootstraps but then sold out for the easy money of defending mobsters. The interaction between Klugman and star Robert Stack is some of the best of the series.



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 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 OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorBen Ray
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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