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The Untouchables: Globe of Death

Frank Nitti hides a huge shipment of heroin inside a hollowed out globe of the world and stores it inside the vault of a mob-owned bank. While Ness and the Untouchables search for the heroin, a joker appears in the deck when Nitti's greedy lieutenant, Larry Bass, decides to break into the vault and steal the heroin for himself.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x18
Airdate: Tuesday February 05th, 1963

Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: John Mantley

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Special Guest Stars
Barry Morse
As Larry Bass

Guest Stars
Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Phillip Pine
As Whitey Gross
Gilbert Green
As Kurt Koenig
Malachi Throne
As Duke Barker
Walter Burke
As Mr. Harmon
Cliff Osmond
As Augie the Slob
Dabbs Greer
As Owen Brower
Robert Carricart
As Sam Weidman
Carleton Young
As Inspector
Wolfe Barzell
As Max Weidman

Gene Roth
As Tony
Jack Reitzen
As Mike
Paul Barselou
As Map Store Owner
Roy Engel
As Fire Chief Dawson
Harold Gould
As Arnold Javits
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
Anthony George
As Agent Cam Allison (1960)
Walter Winchell
As Narrator


In 1933 Prohibition is about to be repealed but Frank Nitti and the boys have moved onto other illicit activities. The most lucrative being narcotics. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables are hard at work and by September of 1933 they had found and destroyed every major source of narcotics in the city of Chicago. This causes the price of a bindle of heroin to jump from $20 to $50. It's a seller's market and Nitti wants to take advantage of this fact...

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Episode Notes
This episode marked the swan song of Bruce Gordon as Frank Nitti. All in all, Gordon appeared on 27 episodes of the show.

Cliff Osmond, as Nitti henchman Augie, commits one of the vilest acts of uncouthness in show history when he runs his finger across a cake and eats the icing.

Locations: Chicago, San Francisco

Episode Quotes
Nitti: Two million bucks! There ain't been that much dough on this table since we bought the South Side.

Konig: My customers are climbing the wall.
Nitti: Let 'em climb. The exercise will do 'em good.

Nitti: You bums don't know when you're well off. Insteada bellyachin' we oughta be givin' Ness a medal.

Whitey: I hear you're a big man in Chicago now. I hear Nitti don't make a move without you.
Bass: I'm about to make one without him.

Yang: I'm sorry to have been an inconvenience, Mr. Ness. You have been very thorough.
Ness: So have you.

Episode References
This episode briefly mentions some of the events which happened in Season Three's Element of Danger. Both episodes were penned by John Mantley.

The rarity of rarities: a great Season Four episode. Also Bruce Gordon's swan song as Frank Nitti. When we last see "the Enforcer" he is being led away into custody but we learn from the narration that he beats the rap. You can't keep a good gangster down.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerLloyd Richards
Associate ProducerDel Reisman
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
Make-upKiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterAllan Levine
Director of PhotographyGlen MacWilliams
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorHoward Hollander  |  Rolland M. Brooks
Production ManagementMarvin Stuart
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Based On The Works OfOscar Fraley  |  Eliot Ness
Film EditorBen Ray
ResearcherKellam De Forest
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 18 guide may contain spoilers
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