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The Untouchables: Element of Danger

Ness gets on the trail of a cartel of businessmen sho have decided to enter the narcotics trade after an undercover cop is murdered in a Chicago warehouse. Victor Rait, the man responsible for setting up the drug operation, is a loose cannon both sides of the law must deal with. He's also the man who killed the undercover cop.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x19
Airdate: Thursday March 22nd, 1962

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Special Guest Stars
Lee Marvin
As Victor Rait
Victor Jory
As Arnold Stegler

Guest Stars
Hugh Sanders
As Greer
Paul Dubov
As Weisbaden
Howard Culver
As Smitty
Eve Cotten
As Miss MacLean

Al Ruscio
As Gus Krelig
Richard Reeves
As Bartender
Russ Bender
As Daniel Gosden
Main Cast
Robert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Walter Winchell
As Narrator


Chicago. August 29, 1934. The Haymarket District. Daniel Gosden, a Chicago cop on temporary loan to the Untouchables, gets a tip that the city's long dormant narcotics traffic is about to be revived in a big way. On the top floor of a warehouse he discovers an opium laboratory. Just then adventurer Victor Rait, now working for a new narcotics ring, arrives with four hoods. Rait spots Gosden and gives chase. Right as Gosden is phoning Ness for backup he gets blown away by Rait with a shotgun. Then he fires six bullets from his pistol to disperse a crowd that has gathered after hearing the shots...

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Episode Notes
Victor Rait sets a series record in this episode by killing eight people. Runner-up was Frank Halloway in The Underground Railway who killed five.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Rait: I'm the kind of guy who can't stand morbid curiousity.

Rait: (to Ness) Don't make me laugh. It makes my stitches hurt.

Krelig: (to Rait) Working with you is like bleeding in front of a shark.

Rait: Where there's no risk, there's no fun.

Cop: You boys are workin' kind of late.
Rait: You know how it is, officer. No rest for the wicked.

Stegler: You never told me you killed two policemen.
Rait: You never asked.

Rait: You talk about me takin' risks. You know how close you just came.
Stegler: Close only counts in horseshoes.

Episode References
The events in this episode would be mentioned again briefly in Season Four's Globe of Death. Both episodes had the same writer--John Mantley.

Lee Marvin plays perhaps the ulitimate Untouchables villain in this episode. If you interviewed Eliot Ness himself (the TV Ness, of course) he would probably say the same thing. Lee Marvin gives a lights out performance in this episode. They didn't make 'em any rougher or tougher than "the Marv."

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlan A. Armer
ProducerLloyd Richards
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
HairstylistAnna Malin
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterAllan Levine
Director of PhotographyGlen MacWilliams
Story EditorDel Reisman
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorHoward Hollander  |  Rolland M. Brooks
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorBen Ray
ResearcherKellam De Forest
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorTed Schilz
Sound EngineerS.G. Haughton
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJerry Thorpe
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
Warning: The Untouchables season 3 episode 19 guide may contain spoilers
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