The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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This is the story created to explain the formation of the Untouchable 'team' led by Eliot Ness. In Chicago, Eliot is asking for a small,elite team of courageous and honorable,very ... See full summary »


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Oscar Fraley (book), Paul Monash (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Keenan Wynn ... Joe Fuselli
Barbara Nichols ... Brandy LaFrance
Pat Crowley ... Betty Anderson
Bill Williams ... Martin Flaherty
Joe Mantell ... George Ritchie
Bruce Gordon ... Frank Nitti
Neville Brand ... Al Capone
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... LaMarr Kane
Eddie Firestone ... Eric Hansen
Robert Osterloh ... Tom Kopke
Paul Dubov ... Jack Rossmann
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Paul Picerni ... Tony Liguri
John Beradino ... Johnny Giannini


This is the story created to explain the formation of the Untouchable 'team' led by Eliot Ness. In Chicago, Eliot is asking for a small,elite team of courageous and honorable,very trustworthy and patriotic men to act independently to get at the heart of the mob through secret and clandestine operations. Paves the way for the series. Written by Joe Litus

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Action | Crime | Drama






English | Italian

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22 January 1959 (USA) See more »

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Ain't Misbehavin'
Music by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks
Lyrics by Andy Razaf
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Pretty gritty stuff...VERY!
7 November 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This pilot for "The Untouchables" was originally aired in two parts as part of "Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse" and it was also aired as a theatrical release. However, even released to theaters, I have a hard time imagining this program in American theaters because of its violence, but, more importantly because the pilot is VERY risqué. In one scene, you see a stripper remove her top--revealing breasts with pasties on them. While today this might be seen as no big deal, I have no idea WHO would get to see this as it certainly would not have aired on TV and I have a hard time imagining most American theaters showing it. Perhaps this one scene was meant for international release. All I know is this and scenes featuring women being slapped about make it a very, very gritty pilot. I do know that the show itself was often criticized for its much higher than usual level of violence.

Aside from the boobs and Keenan Wynn playing part of the Ness gang, this is very much like the regular television programs. It's in black & white, has the usual narration by Walter Winchell and the usual music and pacing. It's also very exciting stuff--well written, violent and makes you want to see more.

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