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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

Special Guest Stars
Pat HinglePat Hingle
As Mitchell Grandin

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

Ben FrommerBen Frommer
As "Fats" Gilman
Bert StevensBert Stevens
As Licensing Commision Member
Gene RothGene Roth
As Mobster
George De NormandGeorge De Normand
As Licensing Commision Member
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 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.

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
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