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The Untouchables: The Chess Game

Illicit champagne is being smuggled into Chicago and Ness traces its source to Boston and blind seafood company owner Ira Bauer. Bauer freely admits that he has been shipping the champagne and challenges Ness to catch him at it.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x3
Airdate: Tuesday October 09th, 1962

  • Currently 6.5/10
6.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Richard Conte
As Ira Bauer

Guest Stars
Murray Hamilton
As Charley Mailer
Michael Constantine
As Marty Balter
Ned Glass
As Howie Reif
Jay Adler
As Louis Collings
Olan Soule
As Frank Casey
Barbara Barrie
As Cheryl Hines
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


By the middle of June, 1932, Eliot Ness and the Untouchables had uncovered and smashed every champagne producing operation in the city of Chicago. Four months later, champagne begins appearing again in fashionable West Side nightclubs. Ness and his men get ready to raid the Silver Canary which is owned by Marty Balter. Inside the club, Balter is paying Charlie Mailer for the last champagne shipment: $86K for 350 cases which averages about $20 per bottle...

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Episode Notes
This episode was filmed during Season Three but got heldover and didn't air until Season Four. It's the only show of the final season which has a teaser for an opening instead of a page turner which was instituted for Season Four.

In this episode we get a rare glimpse of Agent Youngfellow with a cigarette although it's not lit.

Locations: Chicago, Boston

Episode Quotes
Mailer: (to Balter) Now that you're happy, time to make me happy.

Mailer: What's all the fuss about? I wasn't doing anything.
Hobson: Nobody ever is.

Bauer: (to Ness) The world is a map of memorized numbers to me.

Mailer: I'm telling you we've got to ship sooner.
Bauer: You're not telling me anything. I'm telling you.

Mailer: (after shooting Balter) You hadn't oughta pushed me so hard. I don't like it.

This episode, though filmed in Season Three and shelved, is pretty much the poster episode for Season Four. It has some good moments but overall it lacks the oomph and power of the show's first three seasons.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlan A. Armer
ProducerLloyd Richards
Associate ProducerDel Reisman
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
MusicPete Rugolo
Music SupervisorRobert H. Raff  |  Wilbur Hatch
HairstylistBetty Pedretti
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 OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorRobert L. Swanson
ResearcherKellam De Forest
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorTed Schilz
Sound EngineerCam McCulloch
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJerry Thorpe
ComposerNelson Riddle
Music CoordinatorJulian Davidson
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
Warning: The Untouchables season 4 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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