The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Unhired Assassin: Part 1 

While a crazed derelict in Florida is obsessed with assassinating President Roosevelt, Capone's mob is planning to take over the Chicago World's Fair by killing the mayor.


Howard W. Koch


William Spier


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Bruce Gordon ... Frank Nitti
Joe Mantell ... Giuseppe 'Joe' Zangara
Claude Akins ... Jake 'Dodo' Ryan
Robert Middleton ... Mayor Anton J. Cermak
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Steve London ... Jack Rossman
Anthony George ... Cam Allison Jr.
Frank DeKova ... Louis Campagne
Lee Van Cleef ... Frank Diamond
Richard Deacon ... Bill Skidmore
Frankie Darro ... News Vendor
George N. Neise ... Ira Peterson (as George Neise)
Barry Russo ... Milwaukee Minelli (as John Duke)


Major changes are on their way, including the end of Prohibition, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected President in the fall of 1932. The Chicago mob, led by Frank Nitti, is out to get control of the upcoming Chicago World's Fair with it's lucrative concessions and other revenue streams. When they are unable to bribe the mayor, Anton J. Cermak, they decide to track his movements and assassinate him. They know he goes to same coffee shop every day at the same time so that becomes the obvious site for the hit. When Eliot Ness learns of the their plans, he races to save the Mayor. In Florida meanwhile, a mentally disturbed man, Giuseppe 'Joe' Zangara, decides to assassinate the President-elect. Written by garykmcd

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25 February 1960 (USA) See more »

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It may not be 100% true...but it IS entertaining!
10 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The events in parts one and two of "The Unhired Assassin" are based on real a point. In other words, much of what you see in the show did actually occur BUT much of it also is conjecture and fabrication in order to entertain. So, do NOT take this as a history lesson.

Here are the true facts. A crazy guy named Joe Zangara (Joe Mantell) did try to kill President Roosevelt in Miami....or at least folks think his intended victim was the newly elected president. Instead, Mayor Anton Cermak (Robert Middleton) and several others got shot as they stood near the president. Two (including Cermak) died. However, the rest of the episode is complete conjecture as they seem to say in "The Untouchables" that Cermak was the intended victim--an enemy of Frank Nitti and organized crime. Who came up with this unsupported theory? The show's narrator, Walter Winchell...and her in the program they are repeating Winchell's theory decades later. Oh, and throughout the show the mobsters keep referring to Cermak as a Bulgarian...though he was from an area now that is part of the Czech Republic (about 700-800 miles apart).

Despite the many historical inaccuracies, this is a very exciting two-parter. The scene where Akins' character arranges to blow up a man is pretty amazing as is the first attempt on Cermak's life...complete with dying man firing a machine gun as he spins to his death! Additionally, the cast of thugs is impressive. Aside from Bruce Gordon as Nitti, you've also got Claude Akins as a particularly nasty and stupid gunman, Lee Van Cleef, Richard Deacon (yes, 'Mel Cooley' is a gangster!) and Frank DeKova. Middleton's rendition of Cermak was a bit sappy and difficult to believe at times.

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