The Untouchables - Season 2, Vol. 1

The Untouchables - Season 2, Vol. 1

Director: John Peyser, Josef Shaftel, Stuart Rosenberg Cast: Robert Stack
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The Untouchables - Season 2, Vol. 1

Perhaps inevitably, the more popular the ABC crime drama The Untouchables became, the louder the series' detractors complained. Reaching its ratings peak as America's eighth-most-watched program during its second season, the series, which elaborated in the most violent fashion imaginable on the career of treasury agent Elliot Ness (Robert Stack) as he and his team of "Untouchables" challenged the criminal element of Depression-era Chicago, was besieged by a flock of clean-up-TV advocates, church and school groups, and especially the Italian Anti-Defamation League, which condemned the series for its preponderance of Italian villains. Executive producer Desi Arnaz argued that many of the real-life gangsters were indeed Italian, whereupon their critics counter-argued that the scriptwriters tended to use Italian-sounding names even for the series' fictional bad guys. Everyone from the Longshoreman's Union (which threatened not to deliver the sponsors' product) to singer Frank Sinatra converged upon Arnaz, and there were even rumors that The Mob had put out a contract on the beleagured producer (reportedly, the higher-ups figured that killing Desi wouldn't be worth the trouble). Finally, the producers agreed that, beginning with the series' third season, none of the fictional gangsters would be Italian, and that the genuine Italian miscreants would be counterbalanced with honest, upright and incorruptible Italian-American supporting characters--notably Nick Georgiade in the recurring role of "Untouchable" Enrico Rossi. Highlights of Season Two include Elizabeth Montgomery's bravura, Emmy-nominated portrayal of a duplicitous gun moll in the opening episode, "The Rusty Heller Story"; "Jack 'Legs' Diamond," with future Law&Order star Steven Hill in the title role and Robert Carricart as Lucky Luciano; "Augie 'The Banker Ciamino" with Keenan Wynn, who ironically had played straight-arrow "Untouchable" Joe Fuselli in the series' two-hour pilot; and "Mr. Moon," which garnered a great deal of critical attention due the starring performance by 23-year-old Victor Buono. And as had happened with the first season "The Unhired Assassin," the second season of The Untouchables is distinguished by another elaborate two-part episode, "The Big Train," which brings Neville Brand back as Ness' number one nemesis Al Capone--and which got the producers into trouble (again!) by suggesting that the incarcerated Capone had been given preferential treatment in the Atlanta Pentitentiary. Also in the tradition of "The Unhired Assassin," "The Big Train" was later released theatrically as Alcatraz Express.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2008
UPC: 0097361319445
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 13:26:00
Sales rank: 35,276

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Stack Actor
Brian Keith Jim Martinson
Elizabeth Montgomery Rusty Heller
Frank Silvera Dino Patrone
Harold J. Stone Tommy Karpeles,Pops Fletcher
Henry Silva Charlie Sebastino
Jack Warden Otto Frick
Jan Sterling Francey McKay
Luther Adler Gus Marco
Nehemiah Persoff Waxey Gordon
Neville Brand Al Capone
Richard Conte Al Seeger
Robert Middleton Meyer Wartel
Sam Levene Larry Fay
Steve Cochran Eddie Fletcher
Steven Hill Legs Diamond
Walter Winchell Actor
Bruce Gordon Frank Nitti
Eduardo Ciannelli Frank Genna
Francis Lederer Messlinger
John McIntire Loren Hall
June Havoc Sally Kansas
Madlyn Rhue Sally Karpeles
Michael Ansara Rafael Torres,Charlie Steuben
Mickey Shaughnessy Henny Combs
Nicholas Georgiade Actor
Phillip Pine Mike Marconi
Rip Torn Harry Straus, alias Pittsburg Phil
Sam Gilman Charlie Sherman
Susan Oliver Roxie Plummer (Rose Schramm)
Suzanne Storrs Dawn Dolan
Abel Fernandez Actor
Alfred Ryder Jerry LaCava
George Voskovec Herman Kihn
James Westerfield Erik "Swede" Hovick
Joseph Anthony Victor Bardo
Joseph Wiseman Arnie Mendoza
Lisabeth Hush Elaine Warren
Milton Selzer Maxie Schramm
Norma Crane Alice Diamond
Norman Fell Reiner
Paula Raymond Sylvia Genna
Richard Jaeckel Hans Eberhardt
Robert H. Harris Phil Corbin
Robert Simon Homer S. Cummingas
Tommy Cook Tommy Kansas
Werner Klemperer Jan Tornek
Adam Becker Vannie Higgins
Allen Jaffe Frankie
Ben Wright Seth Gordon
Conrad Janis Sticks
David J. Stewart Lou "The Rooster" Scalisi
David White Archie Grayson
Erika Peters Hedda Messlinger
Gene Lyons Willie Dasher
Ilka Windish Mrs. Tornek
James Coburn Dennis Garrity
Joe de Santis Louie Latito
Joseph Ruskin Happy Levinsky
Lawrence Dobkin Dutch Schultz
Murray Hamilton Allen Darcy
Oscar Beregi Joe Kulak
Russ Conway Warden Hubbard
George Neise Archie Devlin
Jay Adler Sammy Archer
John Conte Vito
John Wengraf Manning Loder
June Dayton Louise Rainey
Linda Watkins Flora
Mario Roccuzzo Nick Bousso
Richard Karlan Danny Kurtz
Robert Carricart Lucky Luciano
Steven Geray Eric Vajda
Terry Huntingdon Flo Ingalls
Val Avery Frank Salinas
Vic Morrow Collier
Will Kuluva Joe Genna

Technical Credits
John Peyser Director
Josef Shaftel Director
Stuart Rosenberg Director
Walter E. Grauman Director

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