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The Untouchables: The Snowball

Small time bootlegger and college grad Jackson Emmett Parker approaches Frank Nitti with a business proposition for distribution of alcohol. Parker wants to hand the Enforcer a bigger market than he has in Cicero--all of Chicago's college campuses.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x15
Airdate: Tuesday January 15th, 1963

  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Robert Redford
As Jackson Emmett Parker

Guest Stars
Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Adam Williams
As Paul Meadows
Robert Karnes
As Harvey Sloane
Gerald Hiken
As Benny Angel
Peter Hansen (1)
As Harold Ferris
Robert Doyle
As Jim Ferris

Olan Soule
As Smitty
Paul Sorenson
As Harry
Robert Bice
As Captain Johnson
Walter Koenig
As Student
Yale Summers
As Student
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


October 1930. Jackson Emmett Parker is a small-time bootlegger with a tiny still for making whiskey and one employee--the mildly retarded Benny Angel. Parker's territory is a college campus where Benny makes the rounds doing bottle by bottle sales of booze. Though it's a small-time operation, Parker has big plans. He's managed to wrangle a meeting with Frank Nitti himself. Though he gets through the door, Parker's meeting with Nitti doesn't last long. Nitti doesn't go for his idea of selling booze on college campuses and has Parker shown the door...

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Episode Notes
Peter Hansen would later play attorney Lee Baldwin for many years on General Hospital and Port Charles.

Location: Chicago

Episode Quotes
Nitti: First the Feds bust up the plant and now those college punks. I tell ya, boys, I've had better mornings.

Nitti: (to Parker) Kid, one more like that and the ice is gonna crack right out from under you.

Parker: (to Benny) You're right on time and, of course, so am I.

Parker: (to Benny) I suppose I know just about everything better than you.

Nitti: (to Harry about Parker) Send him in. We could use a few laughs.

Parker: (to Benny) Anybody else in this town would have thrown you out with the rest of the trash.

Parker: I have a proposition for you and your men.
Nitti: Whadda you want? Half? It's yours.

Nitti: (to Parker) Kid, you got some nerve walkin' in here unless you don't care about walkin' out again.

Future movie superstar Robert Redford's character in this episode ranks as the most rotten in show history. Jackson Emmett Parker is so rotten that he makes Frank Nitti look noble by comparison. This time Nitti gets to be the good guy of sorts when he saves Ness the trouble and bumps off Parker. Well worth watching and one of the better episodes of Season Four.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerLeonard Freeman (1)
ProducerAlvin Cooperman
Associate ProducerDel Reisman
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
MusicAlexander Courage
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterDon Smith (1)
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 EditorAxel Hubert, Sr.
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 15 guide may contain spoilers
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