Untouchables - Season 1, Vol. 2

The Untouchables - Season 1, Vol. 2

Director: Howard W. Koch, John Peyser, Robert Florey

Cast: Howard W. Koch, John Peyser, Robert Florey, Robert Stack

     
 
Introduced as a highly successful two-party dramatization on the CBS anthology Desilu Playhouse, The Untouchables officially began its four-season ABC run in the fall of 1959, with Robert Stack returning as grim-visaged 1930s treasury agent Elliot Ness and Neville Brand making token appearances as his nemesis Al Capone ("Big Al" would virtually disappear

Overview

Introduced as a highly successful two-party dramatization on the CBS anthology Desilu Playhouse, The Untouchables officially began its four-season ABC run in the fall of 1959, with Robert Stack returning as grim-visaged 1930s treasury agent Elliot Ness and Neville Brand making token appearances as his nemesis Al Capone ("Big Al" would virtually disappear from the series proper after the Capone estate threatened to sue producer Desi Arnaz for unfairly profiting on the Capone name). The premiere episode, "The Empty Chair," depicts the power struggle to control all illegal activities in Chicago after Capone's arrest for income-tax evasion in 1931. Nehemiah Persoff is the series' first guest star, cast as real-life hoodlum Jake Gusik, while Bruce Gordon is established as Capone's heir apparent Frank Nitti, who would get his own episode, "The Frank Nitti Story" (what else?) a few weeks later. Other genuine lawbreakers depicted during Season One include Ma Barker, played by Claire Trevor in an episode that incurred the wrath of the FBI for suggesting that Ness was largely responsible for Barker's downfall; George "Bugs" Moran, enacted by Lloyd Nolan; Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll, portrayed by Clu Gulager; Dutch Schultz, impersonated by Lawrence Dobkin; and Wally Legenza, cold-blooded leader of the vicious Tri-State Gang, played by William Bendix. The highlight of the season is the two-part "Unhired Assassin," reenacted the unsuccessful attempt by a fanatic named Zangara (Joe Mantell) to assassinate president-elect Franklin Roosevelt; Robert Middleton played Zangara's ultimate victim, Chicago mayor Anton Cermak, in this extended episode, which was later released theatrically as Guns of Zangara. Though The Untouchables never got any higher than 43rd in the ratings during its first season, the series was nonetheless very popular with fans and not so popular with advocates of non-violent television, who would of course become more vocal as the series became more successful in subsequent seasons.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
UPC:
0097361227825
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
11:47:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Stack Actor
Anne Francis Doreen Maney
Betty Field Mrs. B.
Bruce Gordon Frank Nitti
Dan O'Herlihy Larry "Ace" Banner
David Brian Dink Conway
Edward Andrews E. Carlton Duncan (Aristide Brittano)
Fred Clark Major Charlie Byron
Harry Guardino Frank O'Dean
Jack Warden Frank Barber
Jim Backus William Norbert
Leslie Nielsen Tom Sebring
Thomas Mitchell Milo Sullivan
Walter Winchell Voice Only
Christopher Dark Sheik Humphries
Henry Jones Brooks Wells (Demos Brittano)
John Beradino Augie Viale
John Hoyt James Havens
John Marley Ed Carlton
Leo Gordon Whitey Deering
Marc Lawrence Luigi Rinaldo
Mary Sinclair Mrs. Sebring
Mike Kellin Mig Torrance
Myron McCormick Ramsey Lenox
Nehemiah Persoff Johnny Fortunato
Nicholas Georgiade Actor
Peter Falk Duke Mullen
Robert Middleton Anton Cermak
Abel Fernandez Actor
Connie Hines Maybelle Maney
Dick Foran Jerry Dockstone
Dick York Ernie Torrance
Dody Heath Chickie Purcell
Dorothy Morris Mildred Norbert
Frank Wilcox D.A. Asbury
Joe Mantell Giuseppe Zangara
Larry Gates Julian Glass
Madlyn Rhue Chickie
Norman Alden Barry Carlton
Virginia Vincent Louise O'Hara
Anthony Carbone Forenzi
Charles McGraw Johnny Torrio
Frank Albertson Jason MacIntyre
Frank de Kova Louis Campagna
George Mitchell Pop Maney
James Mageean Jamie "The Knife" Hennigan
Jeremy Slate Red Foran
Patsy Kelly Slapsie Sadie
Paul Comi George Colleoni
Paul Picerni Actor
Peter Leeds Nick Segal
Raymond Bailey US Atty. John Carvell
Sterling Holloway Horace DeVilbiss
Susan Cummings Hazel Stanley
Tom Trout Flip
Alan Dexter Vince Farrell
Bart Burns Floyd Wheaton
Benny Burt Nelson
Ernest Sarracino Tony Zagano
George Neise Ira Peterson
Ken Becker Al Barberry
Nita Talbot Alice
Richard Anderson Sidney Rogers
Richard Bakalyan Joe Courtney
Richard Rust Len Carson
Robert Gist Caddy Croner
Sam Gilman Sheriff Parker
Steve London Actor
Virginia Christine Stella Eden

Technical Credits
Howard W. Koch Director
John Peyser Director
Robert Florey Director
Roger Kay Director
Stuart Rosenberg Director
Tay Garnett Director
Walter E. Grauman Director

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