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Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse: The Untouchables (1)

In the wake of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929, a special Federal squad of honest and incorruptible agents is assembled to do battle with the criminal empire of Chicago mobster Al Capone. This special squad was nicknamed "the Untouchables" and headed by Eliot Ness.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x24
Airdate: Monday April 20th, 1959

Director: Phil Karlson
Writer: Paul Monash


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Guest Stars
Abel FernándezAbel Fernández
As William Youngfellow
Recurring
Barbara NicholsBarbara Nichols
As Brandy LaFrance
Recurring
Bern HoffmanBern Hoffman
As Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik
Recurring
Bill Williams (1)Bill Williams (1)
As Martin Flaherty
Recurring
Bruce Gordon (1)Bruce Gordon (1)
As Frank Nitti
Recurring
Eddie FirestoneEddie Firestone
As Eric Hanson
Recurring
Frank WilcoxFrank Wilcox
As D. A. Beecher Asbury
Recurring
Herman RudinHerman Rudin
As Tony "Mops" Volpe
Recurring
Joe MantellJoe Mantell
As George Richie
Recurring
Keenan WynnKeenan Wynn
As Joe Fuselli
Recurring
Neville BrandNeville Brand
As Al Capone
Recurring
Pat CrowleyPat Crowley
As Betty Anderson
Recurring
Paul DubovPaul Dubov
As Jack Rossman
Recurring
Paul PicerniPaul Picerni
As Tony Liguri
Recurring
Peter LeedsPeter Leeds
As Lamarr Kane
Recurring
Peter MamakosPeter Mamakos
As Bomber Belcastro
Recurring
Richard BenedictRichard Benedict
As James "Fur" Sammons
Recurring
Robert OsterlohRobert Osterloh
As Tom Kopka
Recurring
Robert StackRobert Stack
As Eliot Ness
Recurring
Wally Cassell (1)Wally Cassell (1)
As Phil D'Andrea
Recurring
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
voiced Narrator
Recurring
John BeradinoJohn Beradino
As Johnny Giannini

Uncredited
Nicholas GeorgiadeNicholas Georgiade
As Frank Kotter
Recurring
Main Cast
Desi ArnazDesi Arnaz
As Host
Episode Notes
This episode was based on the book The Untouchables by Eliot Ness and Oscar Fraley and served as the pilot for the classic 1959-63 ABC crime drama of the same name.

Paul PIcerni and Nicholas Georgiade, seen here as mobsters, would switch sides and join the good guys once The Untouchables got picked up as a weekly series. Georgiade was cast as Agent Enrico Rossi in the premiere episode while Picerni would join up in the show's second season as Agent Lee Hobson.



Warning: Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse season 1 episode 24 guide may contain spoilers
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