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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

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Special Guest Stars
Dane ClarkDane Clark
As Dr. Victor Garr

Guest Stars
Herschel BernardiHerschel Bernardi
As Benno Fisk
Carroll OCarroll O'Connor
As Arnie Kurtz
John Gabriel (2)John Gabriel (2)
As Dr. Daniel Gifford
Theodore MarcuseTheodore Marcuse
As The Man
Bing RussellBing Russell
As Officer Cavanaugh
John McLiamJohn McLiam
As Trucker
Hugh SandersHugh Sanders
As Dr. Haskell
Nan MartinNan Martin
As Stella Kurtz
Elisha CookElisha Cook
As Musician
John HollandJohn Holland
As Gentleman
Harvey KormanHarvey Korman
As Resident
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
Steve LondonSteve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator


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
Kurtz: (about Benno) He couldn't make change for a nickel, that guy.

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.

Benno: Stella, did your husband let you out this late?

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.

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

ProducerAlan A. Armer
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterDon Smith (1)
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorHoward Hollander  |  Rolland M. Brooks
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorRoss Taylor
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorRobert Watts
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
Warning: The Untouchables season 4 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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