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The Untouchables: A Taste for Pineapple

Ganglord Danny Mundt, whose operation is being hit hard by Eliot Ness, imports hired killer Elroy Dahlgren to bump off the ace Federal officer. Dahlgren doesn't kill Ness but manages to blind him with an exploding hand grenade. This is satisfactory for Mundt but not the psychotic Dahlgren. He wants to finish the job.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x30
Airdate: Tuesday May 21st, 1963

Director: Alex March
Writer: Will Lorin


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Guest Stars
Jeremy SlateJeremy Slate
As Elroy Dahlgren
Recurring
Edward BinnsEdward Binns
As Dr. Samuels
Recurring
Roy EngelRoy Engel
As Customer
Recurring
Paul SorensonPaul Sorenson
As Angie
Recurring
Buck KartalianBuck Kartalian
As Al Gross
Recurring
Tom TullyTom Tully
As Danny Mundt
Raymond GuthRaymond Guth
As Morrie
E.J. AndreE.J. Andre
As Counterman
Maris WrixonMaris Wrixon
As 1st Nurse
Ed PeckEd Peck
As Fuse Man

Uncredited
Laird StuartLaird Stuart
As Newsboy
Rupert CrosseRupert Crosse
As Policeman
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

May 14, 1931. The top underworld bosses of Chicago are leaving town. This tells Eliot Ness and the Untouchables one thing: there's going to be a hit of some prominence. That they know. What they don't know is that Ness himself is the target of the hit. Racketeer Danny Mundt has imported Elroy Dahlgren, a World War I vet who was an expert at lobbing hand grenades, to do the job. Mundt is paying Dahlgren ten grand to do the job as soon as he leaves town too...

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Episode Notes
The psychotic Vietnam vet was a staple of almost every cop show in the 70's and 80's. In A Taste for Pineapple we have The Untouchables beating everyone to the punch with an episode featuring a psychotic World War I vet.

This episode was filmed during the middle of Season Four but got shelved and didn't air until the season (and series) finale.

Location: Chicago



Episode Quotes
Narrator: Al Gross, killer par excellence in his own right, found Elroy Dahlgren. He never found anyone else again.

Dahlgren: Little things make you feel real good.

Dahlgren: (to Mundt) For ten grand, I'll go after Al Smith.

Mundt: (to Dahlgren) Eliot Ness is not just another job!

Mundt: (to Dahlgren) For ten grand you better pitch a shutout.

Fuse Man: You guys roust me like a common hoodlum.
Hobson: There's nothing common about you.



Episode Goofs
Ness' wife is mentioned by name in this episode as Betty only it's the wrong wife. His first wife during the time in which the series is set was named Edna. Ness's third wife and widow was named Betty.



Episode References
The car bombing of Woody O'Meara by Charlie Zenko in Season Three's Takeover is mentioned in this episode.



Analysis
This is one of the few episodes in which we get to see a vulnerable Eliot Ness when he's psychosomatically blinded by an exploding grenade. Reportedly, the studio executives hated this episode, which was filmed halfway through Season Four, and shelved it until the season finale (which turned out to be the series finale as well).



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 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 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
 
Warning: The Untouchables season 4 episode 30 guide may contain spoilers
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