The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Chess Game 

Having had major successes in eliminating the illegal trade in champagne, Eliot Ness and the Untouchables suddenly find that the expensive wine is finding its way onto the market again. ... See full summary »

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

David Zelag Goodman (as David Z. Goodman), Oscar Fraley (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Richard Conte ... Ira Bauer
Murray Hamilton ... Charley Mailer
Barbara Barrie ... Cheryl Hines
Michael Constantine ... Marty Baltin
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Ned Glass ... Howie Reif
Jay Adler ... Louis Collings
Olan Soule ... Frank Casey
Walter Winchell ... Narrator (voice)
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Having had major successes in eliminating the illegal trade in champagne, Eliot Ness and the Untouchables suddenly find that the expensive wine is finding its way onto the market again. During one raid, they find that a couple of the bottles are frozen solid and Ness speculates that they may have been shipped in a refrigerated car. They trace the illegal shipment to Ira Bauer, a blind fish and seafood wholesaler. For Bauer, his lack sight is anything but an impediment. He particularly likes to play chess as a way of keeping his mind sharp. He and Ness are soon involved in their own game as the Treasury officer tries to get the evidence he needs to shut down Bauer's operation. Written by garykmcd

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Blind Bootlegger
3 January 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Champagne is flowing from the speakeasys of Chicago and The Untouchables trace it from Michael Constantine's joint back to a wholesale seafood shipper in Boston played by Richard Conte by way of Murray Hamilton. As The Untouchables try to prove the connection, Hamilton gets itchy as he's in hock to the bookies for a lot of money. He kills Constantine and that sets the wheels in motion to bring down the entire smuggling operation.

Richard Conte who never gave a bad performance in anything really stars in this episode as a blind man who built his own business. But selling seafood won't get him the big bucks he needs. He and Ness have a showdown in his ice house with the lights off. No advantage to a seeing man and every to a blind man who knows every foot in the place.

A good episode with a terrific performance by Richard Conte.


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