In October of 1932, Chicago Globe reporter Carl Edmunds is in a speakeasy telling colleague Barney Rich that he's unearthed a story about the scrap metal business that will rock the Windy City. Edmunds then steps outside and gets shot dead by a stray bullet from a gun battle between two rival gangs. At least, that's the way it's supposed to appear. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables arrive on the scene in short order and discover pieces of cotton batting. The gunmen were firing blanks at each other but they fired a real bullet at Edmunds. Barney Rich, a witness to the shooting then informs Ness about what Edmunds told him regarding his story...Read the full recap
This episode served as a pilot for a spin-off series which never materialized. The spin-off was to have been called Floyd Gibbons, Reporter.
Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone had previously starred together in the flims Written on the Wind, Tarnished Angels, and The Last Voyage.
Brecker: (after having Dastille shot) Your way does have a certain simplicity, Vince.
Rich: (to Edmunds) Anybody ever tell you you talk funny?
Ness: Mrs. Edmunds, I'd like you to know how sorry I am about your husband.
Kitty:Then go to the funeral.
Brecker: You're late, Vince.
Dastille: What did I miss--the Pledge of Allegiance?
Brecker: We're not knocking over a bank, Vince. We're setting up an empire.
Brecker: The muscle age is over, Vince. You can't seem to accept that.
At the climax of the episode, when Brecker is shot and falls over the railing of the stairs, it's obvious that it's a dummy.
Easily the best of the five episodes during Season Four which served as pilots for possible spin-off series. Joseph Campanella steals this episode with a nasty turn as a character named Vince "the Enforcer" Dastille. He would have made the original Enforcer, Frank Nitti, proud with his nastiness.