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The Untouchables: Bird in the Hand

Two Public Health doctors' search for the source of the deadly Parrot Fever disease keep intersecting with the Untouchables' attempts to get the goods an a fast rising mobster.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x6
Airdate: Tuesday October 30th, 1962

Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Harry Kronman


 
Special Guest Stars
Dane ClarkDane Clark
As Dr. Victor Garr
Recurring
Dane ClarkDane Clark
As Dr. Victor Garr
Recurring

Guest Stars
Herschel BernardiHerschel Bernardi
As Benno Fisk
Recurring
Herschel BernardiHerschel Bernardi
As Benno Fisk
Recurring
Carroll OCarroll O'Connor
As Arnie Kurtz
Recurring
Carroll OCarroll O'Connor
As Arnie Kurtz
Recurring
John Gabriel (2)John Gabriel (2)
As Dr. Daniel Gifford
Recurring
Theodore MarcuseTheodore Marcuse
As The Man
Recurring
Bing RussellBing Russell
As Officer Cavanaugh
Recurring
John McLiamJohn McLiam
As Trucker
Recurring
John McLiamJohn McLiam
As Trucker
Recurring
Hugh SandersHugh Sanders
As Dr. Haskell
Recurring
Elisha CookElisha Cook
As Musician
Elisha CookElisha Cook
As Musician
John HollandJohn Holland
As Gentleman
John HollandJohn Holland
As Gentleman
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel FernándezAbel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

December 12, 1929. Gangster Arnie Kurtz watches a hit he ordered on a gangland rival then returns to his hotel to establish his alibi. Kurtz's wife, Stella, drops in on her brother, Benno Fisk, who owns a pawnshop. Stella has a job for him. Deliver a payment of $100K to an East Coast gangster in Washington D.C. for her husband. Since Benno will be gone for a few days, Stella agrees to care for his two pet birds. Back at the swanky Lakeview Hotel where Arnie and Stella Kurtz reside, a newspaper headline in the lobby reads: "Parrot Fever Kills 2 More."..

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Episode Notes
This episode and its companion episode, Jake Dance, served as pilots for a possible spin-off series starring the Dr. Garr and Dr. Gifford characters. The proposed series was to have been entitled White Knights.

John Gabriel played the Professor in the pilot for Gilligan's Island but was replaced by Russell Johnson when the show was picked up as a regular series by CBS.

Locations: Chicago, Washington DC



Episode Quotes
Ness: (about Dr. Garr) Must be something they teach in medical school. How to be stubborn in one easy semester.

Ness: (to Kurtz and the Man in the Lincoln Memorial) Let's go before he runs out of charity.

Stella: Be somebody, Benno.

Hobson: (about Kurtz) He's coming up fast.
Ness: Too fast.

Benno: (about his satchel) I got a hundred grand in here.
Porter: Sure, sure.



Analysis
The show came very close to jumping the shark with this one about the search for a parrot infected with a dangerous disease that keeps intersecting with the Untouchables' investigation of a mobster.



Other Episode Crew

ProducerThomas R. Polizzi  |  Alan A. Armer
Associate ProducerJulie K. Morris
CastingLynn Stalmaster
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorHoward Hollander  |  Rolland M. Brooks
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Sound EngineerS.G. Haughton
Music CoordinatorJulian Davidson
 
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