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After learning that he's dying from leukemia, mobster Charlie Radick makes a deal with Ness. He'll turnover all of his records provided that Ness find his missing daughter, Margaret. It's up to Lt. Agatha Stewart of the Missing Persons Bureau to track down Margaret in order to prevent a possible gang war from breaking out.

Episode Info


Episode number: 4x8
Airdate: Tuesday November 20th, 1962



Special Guest Stars
Barbara StanwyckBarbara Stanwyck
As Lt. Agatha Stewart
Recurring

Guest Stars
John LarchJohn Larch
As Charlie Radick
Recurring
Peggy Ann GarnerPeggy Ann Garner
As Margaret Radick
Recurring
Edward AsnerEdward Asner
As Frank Benson
Recurring
Woodrow ParfreyWoodrow Parfrey
As Fred Myerson
Recurring
Virginia CapersVirginia Capers
As June
Recurring
Andrea DarviAndrea Darvi
As Amy
Recurring
Hope SummersHope Summers
As Letta Hodges
Recurring
Edward Holmes (2)Edward Holmes (2)
As Al
Recurring
Ernest MasonErnest Mason
As Lou Vadney
William Bramley (1)William Bramley (1)
As Stephen Millerick
William SargentWilliam Sargent
As Officer Harrison
Steve Harris (3)Steve Harris (3)
As Ted Clemens
Charlotte MansonCharlotte Manson
As Velma Myerson

Uncredited
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Detective
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

In 1929, gangland boss Charlie Radick discovers that he's dying of leukemia. All the other ganglords in Chicago will be vying for chunks of his empire. A major gang war might break out. Eliot Ness knows this and goes to Radick and asks for his records and contacts. Radick agrees provided that Ness finds his missing daughter, Margaret. Years ago, when Radick was in prison he left his daughter with a couple, the Myersons. Three years before she ran away from their home but they still took Radick's monthly support checks. ..

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Episode Notes
This episode and its companion episode, Search for a Dead Man, served as pilots for a proposed spin-off series starring Barbara Stanwyck which never came about. The series was to have been called The Seekers.

This marks the only episode of the early Season Four entries where Frank Nitti's name was mentioned until he re-emerged in The Speculator.

This episode had to have been a bit shocking when it first aired with the revelation that Margaret Radick had given birth to an illegitimate child and the strong hint that she had been abused by her foster parents.

Hobson is the only supporting Untouchables who appears in this episode. Rico, Youngfellow, and Rossman have gone fishing.

Peggy Ann Garner would return in Giant Killer.

Locations: Chicago, Evanston IL



Episode Quotes
Radick: (to the Myersons after discovering that they've been taking his support checks after his daughter left their home) You dirty scum!

Radick: (to the Myersons about killing them) It still could happen. You dream on that. Both of you.

Radick: Why do I care what happens to me?
Ness: You're a dead man, Radick. Whadda you got to lose?

Lt. Stewart: So far we've been going by the book and we've been batting zero.

Benson: (to woman) A runaway husband is not considered a missing person.



Episode Goofs
Edward Asner is mistakenly billed as Edward Asher in the ending credits.



Analysis
This is the first of two episodes featuring Barbara Stanwyck as Lt. Agatha Stewart of the Missing Persons Bureau. Though it's talky and there's not much action, it does contain a couple of powerful scenes. I defy anyone not to shed a tear during the scene in the hospital where Charlie Radick and his daughter are reunited.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerLeonard Freeman (1)
ProducerAlvin Cooperman
Associate ProducerDel Reisman
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
MusicLeith Stevens
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
HairstylistJoan St. Oegger
Make-upDick Smith (1)  |  Kiva 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 OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorBen Ray
ResearcherKellam De Forest
CostumerFrank Delmar
Assistant DirectorTed Schilz
Sound EngineerS.G. Haughton
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJerry Thorpe
ComposerNelson Riddle
Music CoordinatorJulian Davidson
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
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