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The Untouchables: The Silent Partner

Agent Hobson shoots and kills a man in a warehouse gun battle but then is shocked when Ness takes credit for the shooting. What Hobson doesn't know is that a mysterious underworld figure known as "the Partner" has threatened reprisals against the shooter and Ness is taking credit to protect his subordinate.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x14
Airdate: Thursday February 01st, 1962

Director: Abner Biberman
Writer: Harry Kronman

Special Guest Stars
Charles McGrawCharles McGraw
As Pete Kalik

Guest Stars
John MilfordJohn Milford
As Woody Lubick
Stewart BradleyStewart Bradley
As Nails Hansen
Allyn JoslynAllyn Joslyn
As Wallace Laughton
Bert ConvyBert Convy
As Eddie Paris
Dyan CannonDyan Cannon
As Mavis Carroll
Stanley KahnStanley Kahn
As Les Keever
Sydney SmithSydney Smith
As Telford Barnes
Tim Graham (1)Tim Graham (1)
As Milk Truck Driver

Bruno VeSotaBruno VeSota
As Reporter
Paul SorensonPaul Sorenson
As Convoy Truck Driver
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


On the night of March 2, 1932, Eliot Ness and Lee Hobson enter the Club Tunisian which is owned by racketeer Pete Kalik. They aren't there to see curvaceous singer Mavis Carroll either although the sight of the lovely Mavis is a fringe benefit. They're there because of an anonymous tip. Hobson is weary. He starts his annual leave that coming Friday. After watching Mavis croon "Take Me in Your Arms" they are contacted by the tipper, club comedian Eddie Paris. ..

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Episode Notes
This is one of the few episodes in which a subordinate Untouchable plays a prominent role in the storyline.

In this episode it appears for all intents and purposes that Agent Hobson is a bachelor but later in the series in The Night They Shot Santa Claus it's mentioned that he has a wife named Mary.

Location: Chicago

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Dyan CannonTake Me in Your Arms 

Episode Quotes
Ness: You start your leave on Friday. What are you gonna do?
Hobson: Sleep.

Eddie: (to Ness and Hobson) Did somebody pay you to louse me up? Are you working for the competition?

Ness: What do you want?
Eddie: Kalik. I want him dead. I'll settle for twenty to life.

Ness: Be careful.
Eddie: LIke a high school girl on her first date.

Ness: What happened? Did Kalik move Eddie out?
Mavis: You tell me, Mr. Ness. You know everything.

This is another rare episode where a subordinate Untouchable gets a substantial amount of screen time. Silent Partner rates as Paul Picerni's shining hour of the series plus we get an early TV appearance from the young and luscious Dyan Cannon.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlan A. Armer
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
ComposerNelson Riddle
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