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The Untouchables: Line of Fire

When two of his girls are killed by a sniper, dance hall owner Marty Pulaski suspects that competitor Vince Bogan is responsible but in reality the killer is Marty's mentally unstable brother, Herbie.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x29
Airdate: Tuesday May 14th, 1963



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Guest Stars
Ed Nelson
As Marty Pulaski
Recurring
Joe De Santis
As Jake Szabo
Recurring
Ford Rainey
As Lt. Roy Gunther
Recurring
Richard Bakalyan
As Cully
Recurring
Grace Lee Whitney
As Fran
Recurring
Theodore Marcuse
As Vince Bogan
Recurring
Sherwood Price
As Herbie Pulaski
Shary Marshall
As Ellie Haskell
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

Recap

Chicago. 1933. Danceland has a sign that says "30 girls, open until 2 a.m." Hoofer Ellie Haskell says goodbye to her boss, Marty Pulaski, and walks outside the joint only to be gunned down by a rooftop sniper. The sniper happens to be Herbie Pulaski, Marty's mentally disturbed younger brother. Lt. Roy Gunther of the Chicago PD is immediately on the case. Marty says Ellie was a nice girl and says he has no idea who would want to kill her. But that's only what he tells the police. In reality, Marty thinks that competitor Vince Bogan is responsible for the killing. He calls up his rival on the phone and threatens to bump him off...

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Episode Notes
This was the final episode of the series to be filmed.

One thing different about Theodore Marcuse's appearance in this episode from previous ones is that his head isn't shaved completely bald. He has some hair on his temples.

Location: Chicago



Episode Quotes
Marty:Jake, you're asking the impossible.
Szabo: But asking.

Marty: (about Ellie Haskell) She was a nice girl.
Gunther: Let's not get carried away. She danced for dimes.

Marty: (to Cully) I pay you to run this place. You have your headaches on your own time.

Marty: You better talk to your tailor.
Bogan: About what?
Marty: About a bulletproof suit.

Marty: (to Cully) You do the worrying. I'll do the shooting.



Analysis
In this episode, the final one filmed, we get to see one of the major flaws of the show's final season--lack of screen time for the Untouchables themselves. Robert Stack only has approximately a minute and a half of screen time and Paul Picerni only slightly more. One gets a feeling that the script for this one was written for another cop show and adapted rather poorly to fit The Untouchables.



Other Episode Crew

ProducerAlan A. Armer
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
HairstylistJane Chabra
Make-upLouis Haszillo  |  Kiva Hoffman
Set DecoratorHarry Gordon
Property MasterAllan Levine
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorRolland M. Brooks  |  Howard Hollander
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 29 guide may contain spoilers
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