The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Night They Shot Santa Claus 

It's Christmas eve 1930 and Eliot Ness and his men are investigating the murder of a close friend of his, Hap Levinson. The man had been playing Santa Claus at a children's orphanage and ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Ruth White ... Bertha Levinson
Russell Collins ... Mr. Edges
Nita Talbot ... Renee Grayson
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Steve London ... Jack Rossman
Curt Conway Curt Conway ... Police Lt. Clay
Edward Asner ... Jimmy Canada
Ben Astar ... Warczek
Isabel Jewell ... Sophie
Barry Russo ... Brikka (as John Duke)
Murvyn Vye ... Mike Volny
Grace Lee Whitney ... Penny


It's Christmas eve 1930 and Eliot Ness and his men are investigating the murder of a close friend of his, Hap Levinson. The man had been playing Santa Claus at a children's orphanage and had just left when he was gunned down by a passing car. Levinson was the front man in a nightclub-speakeasy and he and Ness had spent many hours together laughing and passing the time of day. As Ness looks into his old friend's background, he learns that he may have had a girlfriend named Renée that he kept in a downtown apartment. It's readily apparent that she's a junkie and what he learns about his friend isn't pretty. Soon, mobsters are being knocked off and it seems someone is getting rid of witnesses to a crime. Written by garykmcd

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25 September 1962 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Agent Hobson walked into a dark office and turned on the light. Agents Rossman and Rossi were already in the room sitting at a table and were evidently working in the dark. See more »


Lee Hobson: Twenty -five hundred dollars a year; you expect the government to give you a night off, too?
Enrico Rossi: Shut up.
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No, Virginia....there ain't no Santa Claus!
21 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the first episode of season four--the final one for "The Untouchables". Season four featured different graphics, slightly difference music as well as a change with the bumper scene. Instead of showing a clip of what would happen in the show, it was simply the first scene. This one is a REAL heartless one, as Hap Levinson is doing his annual visit to the children of an orphanage. He's dressed as Santa and passes out presents to all the kids...and then is gunned down right in front of the place as he leaves! Talk about some folks lacking the Christmas spirit!!

What follows is no less cynical than the introduction, as Ness investigates this murder on Christmas Eve and learns through the course of the show that Hap was NOT the guy he thought he was. Drugs, a mistress and murders...followed by an even more cynical finale makes this one perhaps the most hard-edged and dark episodes of the series. I actually appreciated this as too often the shows were formulaic and predictable...and this one is anything but.

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