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The Untouchables: The Case Against Eliot Ness

Eliot Ness is sued for slander by former alderman and civic benefactor Mitchell Grandin when he accuses Grandin of being in league with killers. Frank Nitti is only too willing to assist Grandin in putting Ness in the breadline but he demands a high price in return for his "services."


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x23
Airdate: Thursday May 10th, 1962



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Special Guest Stars
Pat Hingle
As Mitchell Grandin
Recurring

Guest Stars
Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Recurring
Jeanne Cooper
As Fran Cagle
Recurring
Frank Wilcox
As D. A. Beecher Asbury
Recurring
Joe Turkel
As Birdie Yates (as Joseph Turkel)
Recurring
Christine Carter
As Woman in Hotel (as Chris Carter)
Recurring
Cliff Carnell
As Dolph Cagle
Recurring
George Murdock
As Gus Dmytryk
Recurring
Robert Bice
As Captain Johnson
Recurring
Bruno VeSota
As Reporter #1
Recurring
Ed Tontini
As Reporter #2
Shirley O'Hara
As Mrs. Halvorsen
Sid Haig
As Augie the Hood
Bruce Andersen
As Chairman
Martin Clark (1)
As Superintendant
Robert Palmer (2)
As Billy Cooner

Uncredited
Ben Frommer
As "Fats" Gilman
Recurring
Bert Stevens
As Licensing Commision Member
Recurring
Gene Roth
As Mobster
Recurring
George De Normand
As Licensing Commision Member
Recurring
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

Recap

On March 4, 1933, the city of Chicago is getting ready for the World's Fair aka the "Century of Progress." The three wealthy Endicott brothers, joint holders of numerous franchises at the upcoming World's Fair are bumped off in one night. Restauranteur Gus Dmytryk goes to the Licensing Commission and applies for the rights to the Endicott's franchises: three nightclubs on the Midway and five other concessions. It ain't the road to the poorhouse...

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Episode Notes
This is one of two episodes where the 1933 Chicago World's Fair was mentioned. The other was The Unhired Assassin.

This is the only episode in which the three most frequent recurring players, Frank Nitti, Beecher Asbury, and Captain Johnson, all appear together.

Pat Hingle would return once more in Season Four's Junk Man.

Jeanne Cooper would appear again in Season Four's One Last Killing.

Location: Chicago



Episode Quotes
Nitti: Ness loses this case and he's the last man in the breadline.

Cagle: (after being revealed) Hiya, Grandin.

Grandin: And Dmytryk, don't keep in touch.

Grandin: (after handing Dmytryk $50,000) Sorry to have to throw a little dirt on your good name, my friend.
Dmytryk: At these prices you can throw all the dirt you want.

Grandin: Just sit tight friend.
Cagle: Like a drum, friend.

Hobson: I tell you one good thing about this case.
Ness: What's that?
Hobson: It's not ours.

Grandin: Thanks for the bouquet, Mrs. Halvorsen, but I didn't come here for some flowers. I came here to maybe pull out a weed.

Ness: All right, Cagle, you're a great jailhouse lawyer.



Analysis
In this one Ness goes up against another foe who isn't a gangster but rather a seemingly respected civic leader who had three men "bumped" off so that he could snatch up franchises for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Here, Ness has to square off against both Frank Nitti and some of Chicago's so-called "better element" in order to save his name. Classic scene: where Nitti announces to Mitchell Grandin that they're going into business together.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlan A. Armer
ProducerDel Reisman
Associate ProducerVincent McEveety
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
HairstylistAnna Malin
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterAllan Levine
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
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 EditorRobert L. Swanson
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 23 guide may contain spoilers
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