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The Untouchables: The Gang War

Frank Nitti orders an all-out gang war against Parnise Surigao, a hood who's been operating in an adjoining county and taking away much of his business. Ness and the Untouchables move in to put an end to things before the National Guard needs to be called out.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x13
Airdate: Thursday January 18th, 1962

Director: Paul Wendkos
Writer: John Mantley

Guest Stars
Victor BuonoVictor Buono
As Parnise Surigao
Bruce Gordon (1)Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
John KelloggJohn Kellogg
As Lucky
Ed NelsonEd Nelson
As Johnny Prebble
Joe Di RedaJoe Di Reda
As Rusty Miller
Paul BirchPaul Birch
As Capt. Brownlee
Paul DubovPaul Dubov
As Urcel
Lou KrugmanLou Krugman
As Grayson
Robert BiceRobert Bice
As Captain Johnson
Peter ForsterPeter Forster
As Tony Masters
Claudia BryarClaudia Bryar
As Mrs. Phelps
Dal McKennonDal McKennon
As Mr. Phelps

Charles PicerniCharles Picerni
As Machine Gunner
John ZaccaroJohn Zaccaro
As Surigao's Hood
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
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator


In 1932, the citizens of Chicago are lapping up the booze like thirsty dogs. Much of it is rotgut but 1% is the finest Canadian whiskey. Several roadhouses just across the Cook County line have been serving this fine hooch and it's been pulling the money trade away from Frank Nitti's speakeasies. Needless to say, Nitti isn't happy about this so he sends a couple of hoods out to a club called the Blue Lion. They begin shooting up the place but the Blue Lion employees are armed and shoot back. The casualty list: 2 dead, 3 seriously wounded...

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Episode Notes
Rusty Miller has to rank as the toughest character in show history. He manages to survive a plane crash, kidnapping, shooting, and a brutal beating from Nitt's hoods.

John Kellogg would return a few episodes later in The Maggie Storm Story where he would also appear as a character named Lucky.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Nitti: A lotta smart operators have tried to buck the organization and failed.
Surigao: There's always a first time.
Nitti: And a last. If I was you I'd remember that.

Lucky: I thought farm folks were supposed to be more friendly. Can't count on nothing these days.

Urcel: Frank, I think we oughta discuss this quietly.
Nitti: All right, we'll discuss it, and when we're through discussin', we'll hit.

Ness: Your men with machine guns, you were just protecting yourselves?
Grayson: Sure, we were just protecting our interests.

Nitti: Lucky! They call you Lucky! What is that name--for laughs?

Ness: Nitti never could sit in Big Al's chair anyway.
Nitti: Why you......(slugs Ness)

Nitti: Surigao? What kinda country we runnin' here? Everytime you turn around, some lousy foreigner's tryin' to muscle in.

This one has the feel of an old-time Saturday Matinee serial. You have plane crashes, kidnappings, gun battles, and three Eliot Ness/Frank Nitti confrontations. Another great episode of a great series.

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 EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
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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