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The Untouchables: The Speculator

Frank Nitti needs quick cash for a big booze deal and is persuaded by mob finance man Leo Stazak to invest in the stock market. Unbeknownst to Nitti, Stazak has no intention of investing the money. He plans on absconding with it.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x14
Airdate: Tuesday January 08th, 1963

Director: Allen Reisner
Writer: Max Ehrlich


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Special Guest Stars
Telly Savalas
As Leo Stazak
Recurring

Guest Stars
Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Recurring
Frank Sutton
As Angie Stazak
Recurring
Bill Zuckert
As Vic (as William Zuckert)
Recurring
K.L. Smith
As Nitti's Guard
Recurring
Herman Rudin
As Max Gort
Recurring
Don Diamond
As George Keeley
Recurring
Martin Brandt
As Anton Ryba
Mel A. Bishop
As Masseur
Paul Hahn
As Lab Technician
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
Steve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Walter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

In October of 1929, Eliot Ness gets an anonymous phone tip: there's a big meeting at a warehouse on Grover Street of top gangland members. Even ole Frank Nitti himself is expected to be there. Cut to the warehouse. The tipster was correct. Frank Nitti and all the boys are there and they're putting their record books into a large trunk. Nitti then give the boys a little talking to. From now on nobody is to keep any written records. There will only be one central file and the bookkeeper will be Leo Stazak. Stazak says that without a paper trail the Feds can't get to them. From now on, they are to use the phone and deal in cash...

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Episode Notes
Bruce Gordon finally returns as Frank Nitti in this episode for the first of three mid-season appearances. The character had been dropped at the end of the show's third season but returned when the ratings for Season Four nosedived.

Location: Chicago



Episode Quotes
Nitti: (to Ness inside the warehouse) Warm your hands, Ness, it's awful cold in here.

Nitti: (to Ness in the interrogation room) I don't like these sessions, Ness. You operate like a cheap hood.

Narrator: Shortly after the capture of Leo Stazak, Frank Nitti went to jail for income tax evasion. During his 18 month imprisonment he received word that Stazak had been executed for murder. Nitti let bygones be bygones. He sent flowers.

Stazak: So they give me a few years. Time off for good behavior.
Ness: A whole lotta years. Time off for a walk in the exercise yard.

Hobson (about Stazak entering the steam room) He's looking for Nitti.
Ness: Can't be courage. Just plain nerve.

Ness: (after showing Nitti the phony stock cerfiticates) Have a nice steam.

Nitti: What are you tryin' to make outta this, Ness, a Federal case?

Ness: (regarding the stock market crash) I heard you invested heavily.
Nitti: Yeah, I did. The whole world did and I went down the drain. The whole world went down the drain. Except for you guys who work for the government.



Episode Goofs
In the fight scene between Eliot Ness and Leo Stazak, the stunt double for Telly Savalas wears a very fake looking bald cap.



Analysis
Frank Nitti returned after a long absence in this episode and in a way it was too bad because they turned him into little more than a buffoon in The Speculator. The same Nitti who saw through a sharp operator like Walter Trager in Season Three's Jigsaw is completely fooled by the Eddie Haskellish Leo Stazak. The content during the show's final season was watered down considerably and I guess "the Enforcer" had to suffer along with the rest of the show.



Other Episode Crew

ProducerAlvin Cooperman
Associate ProducerDel Reisman
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterDon Smith (1)
Director of PhotographyGlen MacWilliams
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorRolland M. Brooks  |  Howard Hollander
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
Film EditorBen Ray
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 14 guide may contain spoilers
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