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Mob accountant Julius Vernon, fixer Willie Wilinski, and gunman Frankie Gruder form a mob employment agency. When Ness and the Untouchables begin putting the squeeze on their activities, the trio set up a former big gangland boss named Joe Hovack to be the fall guy for their illegal activities.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x12
Airdate: Thursday January 11th, 1962

Special Guest Stars
Jay C. FlippenJay C. Flippen
As Big Joe Hovack

Guest Stars
Herschel BernardiHerschel Bernardi
As Julius Vernon
Don GordonDon Gordon
As Frankie Gruder
Robert EmhardtRobert Emhardt
As Janos "Willie" Willinski
Cliff CarnellCliff Carnell
As Pete Gort
Robert BiceRobert Bice
As Captain Johnson
Jon LormerJon Lormer
As Finley Connors
Herbie FayeHerbie Faye
As Lefty
Frank CadyFrank Cady
As Larry Croft
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 October of 1932, Frankie Gruder heads a strongarm outfit that wants control of all the Canadian exports and imports. One night, Frankie and his boys go to a warehouse and shoot a longshoreman. Unfortunately for them, Eliot Ness and the Untouchables show up soon afterwards. There's a shootout. Three of Frankie's boys buy the farm but he manages to escape by jumping into the water...

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Episode Notes
This episode marks the second time that a character played by Don Gordon jumps into the water to escape capture by the Untouchables. He'd previously done it in Tunnel of Horrors.

Herschel Bernardi would return in Season Four's Bird in the Hand.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Hovack: I'm Big Joe Hovack. I'm number one.
Ness: You're Big Joe nothing. A canvass bag for three rotten lightweights.

Narrator: (about Frankie) A specialist in a business where you were only allowed one mistake.

Hobson: (after Frankie jumps into the water) Well, he got off the hook.
Ness: How far can he swim?

Vernon: Face it, Frankie, you ran out of friends the day you were born.

Johnson: (to Ness) Looks like your men don't have any Ouija boards either.

Episode Goofs
Robert Bice's character, Captain Johnson, is mistakenly listed as Captain Dorset in the ending credits.

Though the episode is enjoyable at times the concept of a mob employment agency seems a bit too improbable thus making this one of the lesser entries of Season Three.

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 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 Watts
ResearcherKellam De Forest
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorBud Grace
Sound EngineerS.G. Haughton
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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