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The Untouchables: A Fist of Five

After being suspended from the police force, formerly honest cop Mike Brannon decides to put his hand into the pot and grab some money. To do this he recruits his four brothers and they kidnap mobster Tony Lamberto.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x10
Airdate: Tuesday December 04th, 1962

Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Herman Groves


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Special Guest Stars
Lee Marvin
As Mike Brannon
Recurring

Guest Stars
Frank DeKova
As Anthony "Tough Tony" Lamberto
Recurring
Phyllis Coates
As Angela Lamberto
Recurring
Roy Thinnes
As Denny Brannon
Recurring
Frank Wilcox
As Beecher Asbury
Recurring
Ric Roman
As Augie Relyea
Tom Brown (1)
As Captain Bellows
James Caan
As Keir Brannon
Whitney Armstrong
As Sean Brannon
Mark Allen (1)
As Clarence Brannon
Mary Adams
As Kate Brannon
Marianna Hill
As Laurie Reagan (as Marianne Hill)

Uncredited
Thomas Nello
As Manny
Recurring
Ralph Manza
As Max Templar
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

Recap

Chicago. 1929. Mike Brannon has been on the police force for 15 years and he's always been honest. But now he's being suspended for police brutality against a hood who worked for top mobster Tony Lamberto. Mike thinks his captain is corrupt for not going to bat for him and they have a tense moment when the captain asks for Mike's gun and Mike points it at his superior. But then he hands the captain the gun...

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Episode Notes
This was the first of three episodes directed by Ida Lupino, the only woman to ever direct an episode of The Untouchables. She would also direct Man in the Cooler and The Torpedo.

Roy Thinnes would appear again a few episodes later in An Eye for an Eye.

Location: Chicago



Episode Quotes
Captain: (to Mike Brannon) Get outta here before I lock you up.

Lamberto:(to the Brannons) I don't know who you guys are but when I get through they're gonna have to mail you in.

Captain: You don't bust a guy's face just to make an arrest.
Mike: Especially if he happens to be one of Tony Lamberto's punks.

Mike: (to the captain): You fat politician cop.

Mike: (to his brothers) Nobody pushed us around because we stuck together so now we grow up and everyboy's pushing us around.

Mike: (to his brothers) So just once we're gonna put our hand in and when we take it out it's gonna be worth 150 grand.



Analysis
This episode plays out like a Greek tragedy for its two lead protagonists: Mike Brannon and Tony Lamberto. Brannon lets his blind hatred for Lamberto destroy his soul and lead the rest of his family down the path to destruction. Lamberto discovers to his chagrin that the only thing worse than an enemy is having a friend in the Mob.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerLeonard Freeman (1)
ProducerAlvin Cooperman
Associate ProducerDel Reisman
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
HairstylistJean Udko
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 EditorRoss Taylor
Based On The Works OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
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
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 4 episode 10 guide may contain spoilers
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