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The Untouchables: An Eye for an Eye

Ness gets Charlie Tarasovich to work undercover so that he can nail bootlegger Sollie Girsch who has been distributing his liquor through cordial shops. Tarasovich does his job well leading to the arrest of Girsch but then gets cold feet when testifying at the trial.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x19
Airdate: Tuesday February 19th, 1963

Director: Robert Gist
Writer: John D. F. Black

Special Guest Stars
Jack KlugmanJack Klugman
As Sollie Girsch

Guest Stars
George VoskovecGeorge Voskovec
As Charlie Tarasovich
Sheldon AllmanSheldon Allman
As Harry Mastrogeorge
Frank WilcoxFrank Wilcox
As D. A. Beecher Asbury
Joe TurkelJoe Turkel
As Eddie "Deuces"Kobler
George MurdockGeorge Murdock
As Pete Topchinski
Roy ThinnesRoy Thinnes
As Red Thomas
Joseph J. GreeneJoseph J. Greene
As William Baron (as Joe Greene)
Lea MarmerLea Marmer
As Anna Tarasovich (as Leah Marmer)
Charles FredericksCharles Fredericks
As Judge Pitlee
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Abel FernándezAbel Fernández
As Agent William Youngfellow
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator


1931. It's shades of Thunder Road in the Chicago countryside. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables are having a high speed chase in pursuit of Jimmy Tarasovich, a 19 year old youth who's running liquor into the city for Sollie Girsch. Unfortunately for Jimmy, it's his last run when his car overturns and bursts into flames. ..

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Episode Notes
This episode marked the final appearance of Frank Wilcox as United States Attorney Beecher Asbury.

Joseph Turkel had previously played a Purple Gang member in the Season Two episode of that name.

Location: Chicago

Guest stars Jack Klugman and George Voskovec had previously co-starred together in the classic jury room film 12 Angry Men.

Episode Quotes
Girsch: You live clean it pays off.

Girsch: I'm not ambitious, Harry. I'm greedy.

Girsch: (about the cake) I'm waitin' for a blonde to jump out and do a bubble dance.

Girsch: I wanna pay for the funeral.
Tarasovich: No, you already did all you can for him.

Girsch: (handing his car keyes to Hobson) You look like an honest fellow.

Episode Goofs
The real life Sollie Girsch was a triggerman for Dutch Schultz who probably never set foot in Chicago his entire life. He was also reputedly one tough hombre not the wet noodle he's portrayed as in this episode.

George Voskovec gives a fine performance as a witness against the Mob but other than that there's not much to recommend about this episode. Weak even by Season Four standards.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerLeonard Freeman (1)
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 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
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