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The Untouchables: The Economist

The search is on for a large quantity of illicit whiskey which was hidden in an old ammo dump by mobster Vince "the Moor" Tunis in order to jack up the price. Unfortunately for Tunis, underling Charlie Grach stole the whiskey and hid it somewhere else. Then Grach died from injuries sustained in a car accident. Tunis and Eliot Ness both search for a missing accomplice of Grach's who can tell them the location of the booze.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x4
Airdate: Tuesday October 16th, 1962

Director: Paul Stanley (2)
Writer: Harold Gast

Guest Stars
George MathewsGeorge Mathews
As Charlie Grach
Ellen MadisonEllen Madison
As Mrs. Henning
Malachi ThroneMalachi Throne
As Barnett (as Mal Throne)
A.G. VitanzaA.G. Vitanza
As Sarro
Ken LynchKen Lynch
As Union Official
Frank WilcoxFrank Wilcox
As D. A. Beecher Asbury
Joseph V. PerryJoseph V. Perry
As Filomena (as Joseph Perry)
Joseph SirolaJoseph Sirola
As Vince "the Moor" Tunis
James T. CallahanJames T. Callahan
As Miles Henning
Rae AllenRae Allen
As Sarro's Daughter
Noam PitlikNoam Pitlik
As Reporter Rhine
Henry CordenHenry Corden
As Kroner
Helen KleebHelen Kleeb
As Nurse
Earl ParkerEarl Parker
As George Dahlstrom
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


Chicago in the summer of 1932. It's the height of the Great Depression. 12 million are unemployed and they are spending a lot less money. With less money to spend, the price of booze goes down. And it keeps going down. The Whiskey Syndicate, headed by Vincent "the Moor" Tunis holds a meeting. To make a point, Tunis asks underling Charlie Grach for a toothpick. Charlie hasn't got one. Tunis roughs him up and points a gun at his head. Charlie still can't give Tunis a toothpick because he hasn't got one. "Neither can the speak operators," points out Tunis. The speakeasy owners can't give the Syndicate extra money for booze because they don't have the money. It's a simple matter of economics. Tunis then says that the Syndicate will fight economics with economics. They'll dry up the market and this will send the price of booze back up where it belongs...

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Episode Notes
The Untouchables don't appear until approximately 13 minutes into this episode.

The show had some unusual names for villains after agreeing not to use Italian surnames unless it was a real life gangster. Vince "the Moor" Tunis ranks as one of the most unusual.

Malachi Throne would appear in two more Season Four episodes: Doublecross and Globe of Death.

Locations: Chicago, Washington DC

Episode Quotes
Eliot: Sarro, who did this to you.
Sarro: Accident.
Eliot: Some accident. You took your hand, jammed it in between the blades, and turned the power on.

Narrator: The strategy of Vince "The Moor" Tunis was based on the fact that Tunis, like the rest of us, was a terrific critic of government policies.

Tunis: (after discovering that the whiskey is missing) Bring me Charlie Grach!!!

Narrator: (about the economy) Things were so bad even the bootleggers went hungry. Hungry for profits.

Grach: Mr. Barnett, I only did what I was told.
Barnett: All right, Charlie. Everybody knows you only do what you're told. So now I'm telling you--shut up!

Tunis: You don't manipulate prices with an eye-dropper

Narrator: Chicago didn't know it but the city was about to dry up.

Narrator: In 1932 a week's pay carried more weight with the unemployed than a lifetime of ethics.

Episode Goofs
The scene where Tunis and Henning have their meeting is supposed to take place at 6:00 a.m. but it's obvious from the shadows that the sun is directly overhead so this scene was filmed sometime around noon.

The doldrums officially set in with this episode. Not a complete clunker but there's nothing really outstanding to recommend either. Such was the way of Season Four.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerLeonard Freeman (1)
ProducerAlvin Cooperman
Associate ProducerDel Reisman
CastingLynn Stalmaster  |  James Lister (2)
MusicFred Steiner
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
HairstylistLouise Miehle
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterDon Smith (1)
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorRolland M. Brooks  |  Howard Hollander
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorRoss Taylor
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorJ. Frank O'Neill
ResearcherKellam De Forest
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorBud Grace
Sound EngineerS.G. Haughton
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJerry Thorpe
ComposerNelson Riddle
Music CoordinatorJulian Davidson
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
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