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The Untouchables: Man in the Middle

After running the slot machines out of Chicago nearly two years before, Ness discovers that they're back with a vengeance. This time former Capone lieutenant Joe Bomar is heading up the operation. But Bomar has an informer in his midst named Benjie Liemer who's out to settle an old score.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x21
Airdate: Thursday April 05th, 1962

Special Guest Stars
Martin BalsamMartin Balsam
As Benji Liemer

Guest Stars
Cloris LeachmanCloris Leachman
As Julie Liemer
Gavin MacLeodGavin MacLeod
As Porker Davis
Mike MazurkiMike Mazurki
As Moose Tobin
Paul BarselouPaul Barselou
As Walker Hale (as Paul Barselow)
Tom DrakeTom Drake
As Joe Bomar
Robert ChristopherRobert Christopher
As Marty Karsh
Louis NicolettiLouis Nicoletti
As Floorman (as Louis A. Nicoletti)
Joey BarnumJoey Barnum
As Taxi Driver
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Steve LondonSteve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator


In November of 1933, the slot machines made their triumphant return to Chicago. Nearly two years before, in January of 1932, Eliot Ness had smashed the slot machine racket then run by Augie Viale. Now former Capone lieutenant Joe Bowmar is running things. One night Bowmar sends Moose Tobin and three other hoods over to a gambling joint owned by William "Porker" Davis. Tobin tells Davis that Bowmar wants to teach him a lesson so the hoods bust up the joint and begins tossing slot machines out the window. They also toss one of Porker's employees out the window for good measure. Now Eliot Ness and the Untouchables are after the slot machines again...

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Episode Notes
Gavin MacLeod makes his fourth and final appearance on The Untouchables in this episode. His characters always seemed to have bad luck. They were killed twice and got life imprisonment twice.

Location: Chicago

Julie Liemer ranks as the dumbest female character in show history. She's not only dumb, she's mean and manipulative too.

Episode Quotes
Bomar: (about Julie) She ain't the canary in that family.

Porker: It's a lousy shame, Mr. Ness. This town's goin' to the dogs.
Ness: What pack are you running with, Porker?

Benji: Joe, I don't know how to say this to you.
Bomar: Well try English.

Bomar: Back up, Porker. You move a little too fast.

Bomar: (to Porker about the weights) Whadda you call these--peanuts?

Man in the Middle is notable for having the dumbest female character in show history (played by Cloris Leachman) and little else. It also illustrates the dangers of bringing back a guest star who was brilliant in a previous role. He might not do it the second time around. Such is the case with Martin Balsam.. He was brilliant in Tunnel of Horrors, not so brilliant here.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlan A. Armer
ProducerLloyd Richards
Associate ProducerVincent McEveety
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
HairstylistLorraine Roberson
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterAllan Levine
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Story EditorDel Reisman
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorRolland M. Brooks  |  Howard Hollander
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 DirectorTed Schilz
Sound EngineerS.G. Haughton
ComposerNelson Riddle
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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