The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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With a public outcry over the level of gang violence in Chicago, the authorities appoint retired lawyer Willard Thornton to the new post of Crime Commissioner. What no one realizes is that ... See full summary »


Paul Wendkos


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Episode cast overview:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Albert Salmi ... Steve 'Country Boy' Parrish
Mary Fickett ... Emmy Sarver
Carroll O'Connor ... Barney Lubin
Wendell Corey ... Willard Thornton
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Steve London ... Jack Rossman
Robert Bice ... Police Capt. Jim Johnson
Larry Breitman Larry Breitman ... Joey Loomis
Paul Genge ... Wally Jater
Bing Russell ... Officer Pete Garrett
Richard Reeves ... First Trucker
Walter Winchell ... Narrator (voice)


With a public outcry over the level of gang violence in Chicago, the authorities appoint retired lawyer Willard Thornton to the new post of Crime Commissioner. What no one realizes is that he has formed a new syndicate bent on importing and distributing narcotics. When the new cartel's enforcer, Steve 'Country Boy' Parrish, is arrested by Eliot Ness he is soon out on bail thanks to bail bondsman Barney Lubin, a Thornton associate. Parrish knows that Thornton's style is to eliminate any possible risk to his reputation so he is soon on the lam, living in the back room of a country garage run by Emmy Sarver. She has her own ideas, primarily focused on keeping Parrish around. As both Ness and Thornton close in, Country Boy Parrish must face the wrath of a woman scorned. Written by garykmcd

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19 October 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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You probably could have appointed someone better for crime commissioner!
2 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

So, if you are worried about crime and corruption, who would you want to appoint as a new crime commissioner? A politician....a priest....a school teacher....or perhaps a federal agent or judge? Well, in this one the new commissioner is a it's a good bet that Willard Thornton (Wendell Corey) is a crook! But he's not just a little crook...he's a guy building his own little criminal empire that makes its money off narcotics!!

The only problem with Thornton's new empire is his enforcer, 'Country Boy' Parrish (Albert Salmi)...and Parrish is in hiding because he now realizes his boss wants him dead. Will Ness get to Parrish before Thornton? And, what exactly is going to become of Parrish in his new hiding place and the strange, lonely woman who is offering to help him?

This is a pretty exciting episode...even if Ness' discovery that the commissioner is evil seemed to come from no where. The lady who helps Parrish is a great character and this one offered some original story elements. Worth seeing. And, by the way, in a small role is Carroll O'Connor as well.

Incidentally, although he looks kind of bad for his age, Wendell Corey was only in his 40s when he made this episode. Sadly, his haggard looks were due to his alcoholism...which took his life when he was only 54. What a shame.

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