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Victor Salazar is one of the nastiest mobsters in Chicago but he's got big problems with two of his underlings. His enforcer, Steve Ballard, is planning to hijack a shipment of narcotics, and his second-in-command, Barney Howe, is in reality an undercover Federal agent for the Bureau of Narcotics.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x20
Airdate: Saturday January 26th, 1963

Director: Paul Wendkos
Writer: Herman Groves


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Special Guest Stars
Pat HinglePat Hingle
As Barney Howe/Barney Retzik
Recurring

Guest Stars
Joe De SantisJoe De Santis
As Victor Salazar
Recurring
Edward BinnsEdward Binns
As Steve Ballard
Recurring
Michael ConstantineMichael Constantine
As Max Frivol
Recurring
Jerry OddoJerry Oddo
As Fred Santos
Recurring
Than WyennThan Wyenn
As Martin Pegler
Recurring
Lou KrugmanLou Krugman
As Angel Monett
Recurring
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
Steve LondonSteve London
As Agent Jack Rossman
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator

Recap

In 1931 on the South Side of Chicago one of the nastiest mobsters is Victor Salazar who uses a junkyard as his front. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables have turned their big guns on Salazar. They keep intercepting his booze convoys so his underboss, Barney Howe, pushes him into narcotics saying that this will put Chicago in his hip pocket. Later, they geta call from a man named Kierson who's carrying a briefcase containing information about the time and route of a $2 million dollar shipment of morphine crystals to a medical research center. Kierson says he will meet Salazar and Howe on a street corner in ten minutes. He never makes it because a hood named Steve Ballard guns him down and takes the briefcase...

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Episode Notes
This episode might also have been a pilot for a possible spin-off series featuring Pat Hingle as undercover man Barney Retzik.

Edward Binns would return in A Taste for Pineapple.

Location: Chicago



Episode Quotes
Monette: (to Ballard and Retzik) Looks like Victor should have been looking in his own backyard.

Salazar: (to Monette and the others) You crumbs don't buy from me, you don't buy!

Salazar: (to Santos): Be like Steve here. He does what he's told.

Pegler: Where are you finding that much raw material?
Ballard: What difference does that make?

Frivol: (about Rosie) That girl's been around here too long.

Frivol: You tell Victor something. I don't buy unless it's from him.
Retzik: He'll like that, Max, and you got no choice.

Salazar: (to Ness) Take a look out this window, Ness. It's the only junk you'll find around here.



Analysis
The highlight of this episode is the performance of Edward Binns as Steve Ballard who's one of the more interesting villains to come out of Season Four. Ballard is a brutal thug yet Binns manages to endow him with some humanity. All he really wants to do is quit the rackets and get help for his junkie girlfriend. His fatal flaw is that the law of the jungle is all he knows and it ends up destroying him.



Other Episode Crew

ProducerAlvin Cooperman
Associate ProducerDel Reisman
CastingLynn Stalmaster  |  James Lister (2)
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
HairstylistJane Chabra
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 DirectorBud Grace
Sound EngineerS.G. Haughton
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJerry Thorpe
ComposerNelson Riddle
Music CoordinatorJulian Davidson
Editorial SupervisorBill Heath
 
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