The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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Joseph December is a legitimate businessman and the scion of a wealthy family who own the Great Lakes Pacific railroad which, by all accounts, is on its last legs. With Eliot Ness receiving... See full summary »


Stuart Rosenberg


Eliot Ness (book), Oscar Fraley (book) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Steven Hill ... Joseph December Jr.
Simon Oakland ... Pete 'The Persuader' Kalmisky
Stefan Schnabel ... Henry Grunther
Milton Selzer ... Alan Sitkin
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Frank Wilcox ... Beecher Asbury
Carole Kent Carole Kent ... Secretary
William Challee ... Mike Kilkenny
Cathie Merchant ... Singer
Jeff Davis Jeff Davis ... Hood
Walter Winchell ... Narrator (voice)


Joseph December is a legitimate businessman and the scion of a wealthy family who own the Great Lakes Pacific railroad which, by all accounts, is on its last legs. With Eliot Ness receiving hot tips and managing to intercept liquor being smuggled in from Canada, Al Capone enforcer Pete 'The Persuader' Kalmiski and his underling Allan Sitkin approach December to make a deal. In return for letting them use his railway, December get to keep 20% of the proceeds. The death of a railway track worker however puts Ness and the Untouchables onto the scheme. When a side deal on shares with Sitkin goes bad and he commits suicide, December gets hold of information that he hopes he can use against Kalmiski. December's right hand man, Henry Grunther, is appalled at what is happening to the company and seeks Ness' assistance. Written by garykmcd

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3 May 1962 (USA) See more »

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Eliot Ness is working on the railroad
21 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

During those years of Prohibition on The Untouchables and in real life the gangsters were constantly coming with new and innovative to manufacture, market, and transport their illegal liquor. In this episode Simon Oakland plays one of the enforcers for the organization and they've made a deal with the president of a bankrupt railroad played by Steven Hill for their own trains to transport the bootleg hooch.

They've even got an abandoned spur line for their own distribution point. But Oakland who has a reputation as a tough guy is cowed into submission by Hill who proves more ruthless than any gangster. As Hill sees it, he'll do whatever it takes to save his business and livelihood That includes murder.

Frank Wilcox who has a semi-recurring role as Beecher Asbury the US Attorney for Chicago knows Hill's family from way back. He actually runs some interference for Hill with Robert Stack. But he's convinced soon enough that Hill is a man with hidden depths of danger.

Nice performance in this by the future symbol of Law And Order, Adam Schiff.

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