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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

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


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.

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
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