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The Untouchables: The Floyd Gibbons Story

Reporter Carl Edmunds is gunned down outside a speakeasy just minutes after boasting to a fellow reporter that he was working on an explosive story. Globetrotting reporter Floyd Gibbons, an old friend of Edmunds, blows into Chicago and decides to pick up the baton and discover just what it was that got his old friend murdered.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x11
Airdate: Tuesday December 11th, 1962



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Special Guest Stars
Dorothy MaloneDorothy Malone
As Kitty Edmunds

Guest Stars
Alan BaxterAlan Baxter
As John Brecker
Recurring
Norman BurtonNorman Burton
As Solly
Recurring
Jerry OddoJerry Oddo
As Willie Drummer
Recurring
Paul LangtonPaul Langton
As Carl Edmunds
Recurring
Robert BiceRobert Bice
As Captain Johnson
Recurring
Stuart ErwinStuart Erwin
As Barney Rich
Joseph CampanellaJoseph Campanella
As Vince Dastille
Lee KriegerLee Krieger
As Cab Driver

Featuring
Scott BradyScott Brady
As Floyd Gibbons
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

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...

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Episode Notes
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.

Location: Chicago



Episode Quotes
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.



Episode Goofs
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.



Episode References
Floyd Gibbons had previously been mentioned in the Season One episode One-Armed Bandits.



Analysis
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.



Other Episode Crew

ProducerAlvin Cooperman
Associate ProducerDel Reisman
CastingLynn Stalmaster  |  James Lister (2)
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
HairstylistArmienne Forgette
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterDon Smith (1)
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorRolland M. Brooks  |  Howard Hollander
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorRobert Watts
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 11 guide may contain spoilers
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