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The Untouchables: The Contract

Smiley Barris, a material witness against the New York syndicate, jumps bail and heads cross country to Los Angeles where he hopes his old pal Johnny Templar, the owner of a gambling ship, will provide him with shelter from both sides of the law. Johnny agrees but then gets a call from New York rackets boss Joe Kulak giving him the contract to kill Smiley.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x25
Airdate: Thursday May 31st, 1962

Special Guest Stars
Harry GuardinoHarry Guardino
As Johnny Templar

Guest Stars
Frank SuttonFrank Sutton
As Smiley Barris
John LarkinJohn Larkin
As Ray Quist
Oscar BeregiOscar Beregi
As Joe Kulak
Gloria TalbottGloria Talbott
As Jeanne Lauder
Lane BradfordLane Bradford
As Captain Fuller
Kelly ThordsenKelly Thordsen
As Edwin MacKane
Michael BarrierMichael Barrier
As Sgt. Jennings
Dick HaynesDick Haynes
As Launch Attendant
Paul BaxleyPaul Baxley
As Boatman

Gene CooganGene Coogan
As Gambler
Mickey GoldenMickey Golden
As Man in Cell
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator


On February 4, 1934, a cheap hoodlum named Smiley Barris is run to ground by the Untouchables and the NYPD. Smiley surrenders to them with the aid of some tear gas but as he is being led out of a building a sniper from a nearby rooftop fires. Smiley is unhit but a cop standing next to him isn't so lucky. Ness fires and kills the sniper who is identified as Marco Robles, a torpedo for New York rackets boss Joe Kulak...

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Episode Notes
Frank Sutton and John Larkin would appear together once more in Season Four's Butcher's Boy.

The writer of this episode must have been a country music fan because the Federal agent in charge of the Los Angeles office is named Porter Wagner.

Abel Fernandez is absent from this episodes as well as the following three of the show's third season. For some reason or another, Fernandez was absent from 12 Season Three episodes out of 28 total.

Location: New York City, Los Angeles

Episode Quotes
Quist: There's a couple of people in this town who wouldn't mind seeing me dead.
Ness: You know something, Quist, there's more than just a couple.

Narrator: As for Johnny Templar, he had gotten his wish. He was out of the rackets.

Ness: (about Smiley) Remember, we can't kill him.

Captain: This proves one thing. Kulak means business.
Ness: When doesn't he?

Kulak: What's the matter, Quist, don't you like a challenge?

Quist: Marco blew the Smiley contract?
Kulak: Into a million pieces.

Ness: (regarding Smiley's importance) Kulak told us when he tried to gun you down.
Smiley: Joe Kulak wouldn't do a thing like that.
Captain: You're right, Smiley. He got Marco Robles to do it for him.

Hobson: (after pulling Smiley off Quist) Looks like we got here just in time.
Ness: Maybe we should have been a couple of minutes late.

Johnny: (to Smiley) Boy, when you dig a hole, you really dig it deep.

Episode Goofs
In the ending fight scene between Smlley and Quist their stunt doubles bear almost no resemblance to them.

Cultural References
The character of Johnny Templar appears to be loosely base on real-life New York mobster Benjamin "Buggsy" Siegal who left the New York area to operate on the West Coast.

Some Untouchables fans seem to dislike this episode mainly because they find the ending grim and unsatisfying. Yes, it's true that the ending of The Contract is not exactly uplifting for any of the characters involved but we must remember that it was a grim and unsatisfying world in which the Untouchables themselves resided. Things did not always turn out for the better and even good people didn't always survive.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlan A. Armer
ProducerDel Reisman
Associate ProducerVincent McEveety
CastingLynn Stalmaster  |  James Lister (2)
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff
HairstylistAnna Malin
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterAllan Levine
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorRolland M. Brooks  |  James Hulsey
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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