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The Untouchables: Jake Dance

Drs. Garr and Gifford are on the scene when a rash of poisonings from rotgut Jamaica Ginger alcohol begin occurring with alarming frequency in Chicago. Meanwhile the Untouchables try to locate stolen chemicals which can be used to make the deadly drink.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x16
Airdate: Tuesday January 22nd, 1963

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Special Guest Stars
Dane Clark
As Dr. Victor Garr
Joseph Schildkraut
As Dr. Hans Frohlich

Guest Stars
John Gabriel (2)
As Dr. Daniel Gifford
John Anderson (1)
As Marlon Spencer
Stewart Bradley
As Iggy Minter
Linda Watkins
As Ada Spencer
Sondra Blake
As Mary Kay Spencer (as Sondra Kerr)
Liam Sullivan
As Dr. Jarvis
John Haymes Newton
As Joe Cully (as John Newton)
Orville Sherman
As Dr. Michaels
Jo Helton
As Mrs. Cully

Booth Colman
As Nicholas Contine
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


In the summer of 1930, a staggering gait called the Jake Dance made it's appearance in the midwest. It was caused by drinking a beverage known as Ginger Jake which contained methyl alcohol. Imbibing this liquid caused many drinkers to develop a permanent loss of muscle coordination and the ensuing staggering gait. In Wichita, 1% of the adult population was stricken. Because of this, the U.S. Public Health Department sends two of its top guns to Wichita: Dr. Victor Garr, deputy surgeon general, and his assistant, Dr. Daniel Gifford. ..

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Episode Notes
Sondra Blake is billed as Sondra Kerr, her maiden name, in the ending credits. She was married at one time to actor Robert Blake.

This episode serves as a companion episode of sorts to Season Two's Jamaica Ginger Story in that they both describe the battle against the distribution of rotgut Jamaica Ginger alcohol.

Locations: Chicago, Wichita

Episode Quotes
Hobson: (to Dr. Gifford) The longer you stay in this job, the madder you get. Don't use it up all at once. There's a lot more of these cockroaches.

Ness: (to Gifford and Garr) Meet Nicholas Contine. He sells poison for a living.

Garr: (to Gifford) What are you doing? The roof's falling in on these people.

Ness: (about the stolen hair tonic) Doesn't sound like anybody'd wanna drink it.
Contine: Not unless they have a cast iron stomach.

Frohlich: You two had some sort of trouble in Wichita?
Gifford: Just some sort of intramural collision.

Garr: (about the stolen hair tonic) Maybe we better start looking for 23,000 hospital beds.

Episode References
The ruse in this episode by which the Untouchables deliberately allow one of their prisoners to escape was also used in Season One's The Doreen Maney Story.

Drs. Gifford and Garr return for Round Two and this one is slightly better than their previous appearance although it's still one of the lesser episode of Season Four. Should be marked for die-hards only.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerAlan A. Armer
CastingKerwin Coughlin  |  Lynn Stalmaster  |  James Lister (2)
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
HairstylistHazel Keithley
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 OfEliot Ness  |  Oscar Fraley
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 16 guide may contain spoilers
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