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The Untouchables: The Torpedo

North Side boss Monk Lyselle and South Side boss Victor Kurtz are having a gang war and evening each other right into the ground. This is bad news for Kurtz's chief enforcer, Holly Kester. He's lost his nerve and getting long in the tooth.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x28
Airdate: Tuesday May 07th, 1963

Director: Ida Lupino
Story: Ed Adamson, Carey Wilber
Teleplay: Ed Adamson

Guest Stars
Charles McGrawCharles McGraw
As Holly Kester
John AndersonJohn Anderson
As Victor Kurtz
Gail KobeGail Kobe
As Rita
John MilfordJohn Milford
As Burt
George KeymasGeorge Keymas
As Carl Danzig
Jason WingreenJason Wingreen
As Frank
Tony BarrTony Barr
As Phil Aragon (as Anthony Barr)
James Griffith (1)James Griffith (1)
As Monk Lyselle
David ManleyDavid Manley
As Charlie
Main Cast
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Agent Lee Hobson
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Agent Enrico Rossi
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
As Narrator


April 3, 1931. Vic's Diner near the Chicago railroad yards is the front for Victor Kurtz, bootleg czar for Chicago's South Side. Kurtz and his enforcer, Holly Kester, are having a meeting with Monk Lyselle, bootleg czar of the North Side, and his enforcer, Carl Danzig. Kurtz uses a knife to draw a line bisecting a map of Chicago. "Cross that line," he says to Lyselle, "and you get cut down." Kurtz then jams the knife through the map and into the table. He's made his point. For now, peace reigns in Chicago...

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Episode Notes
Location: Chicago

Rita, played by Gail Kobe, ranks as one of the coldest molls in series history.

Episode Quotes
Kurtz: It's nice to have things quiet again.
Lyselle: Yeah, you can put your enforcer out to pasture now.

Rita: There's nothing in this world I respect more than a man with maturity.

Hobson: I've got a feeling the truce just exploded.
Rico: Pretty quiet explosion. No fireworks.
Hobson: Give it time, Rico. You'll get your fireworks.

Kurtz: Feels good to be back in action, huh?
Kester: Just like old times.

Ness: Shellshocked, Holly?
Hobson: How does it feel to be a target instead of a torpedo?

Kurtz: (about Lyselle) I'm gonna level him right into the ground.

Kurtz: (to Kester) Everybody's getting the drop on you these days.

Not a bad effort here although I feel that some fans of the show tend to give this episode higher ratings than it actually deserves. Charles McGraw, making his fourth and final appearance on the show, wins the acting honors as the world weary torpedo who's finally lost his nerve.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerAlan A. Armer
CastingLynn Stalmaster  |  James Lister (2)
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
HairstylistJane Chabra
Make-upKiva Hoffman  |  Louis Haszillo
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 EditorBen Ray
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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