The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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Death for Sale 

Johnny Lubin has been on the make since he was a young kid. He quit school after grade 3 and by the age of 13 was paying off his truant officer $75 a week to leave him alone. Now 20, he own... See full summary »


Stuart Rosenberg


David Zelag Goodman (as David Z. Goodman), Eliot Ness (book) | 1 more credit »




Episode credited cast:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Ned Glass ... Art Rele
Carole Eastman Carole Eastman ... Sondra Wiley
Lou Polan Lou Polan ... Phil Melnick aka George Dodd
James MacArthur ... Johnny Lubin
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Mario Gallo ... Chester
Jon Lormer ... Clary
Michael Fox ... Bradley
Neil Rosso Neil Rosso ... Ed Getty
Walter Winchell ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Gordon ... Frank Nitti (archive footage)


Johnny Lubin has been on the make since he was a young kid. He quit school after grade 3 and by the age of 13 was paying off his truant officer $75 a week to leave him alone. Now 20, he own a string of speakeasies on the waterfront, including opium dens. He soon hooks up with George Dodd a toy manufacturer whose real name is Phil Melnick and is a supposedly reformed mobster. He has $2 million worth of opium to distribute and Lubin thinks he has just the way to get it into the hands of distributors. Lubin's arrogance however pushes him into a deadly game of cat and mouse with Eliot Ness and his men. Written by garykmcd

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opium | young hoodlum | See All (2) »


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27 April 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Though he has more lines than anyone but James MacArthur, Lou Polan did not receive star billing. See more »

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Fascinating Characters & Intense Story
12 December 2011 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The "death" for sale, in this story, is opium, a drug that law enforcement thought has been closed down for the last few years but obviously was still in business. One guy definitely in business was "Jimmy Lupin," a very cocky 20-year-old who's a lived a tough life on a street since he was single digits. He is played by James MacArthur who went on to star in Hawaii Five-O with Jack Lord.

"Lupin" is no-conscience punk, but a smart one and his scheme to go 50-50 with an older thug who has the heroin but no one to sell it to. Lupin and he will share 1.5 million dollars if all goes well. (That translates into a lot more money in today's market.).

As good as MacArthur was in this story, the fascinating character to my male eyes was the alluring Carole Eastman. She got Lupin's attention, too. She had a pretty face, a Louise Brooks hairdo and was tough-but-vulnerable. After some investigating, I found out she led an old, very eccentric life and preferred screen writing to acting. She co-wrote "Five Easy Pieces," a 70s hit film starring Jack Nicholson.

So....all-in-all, thanks to some fascinating characters, this was a riveting episode, worthy of a "10."

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