The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The King of Champagne 

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After Federal Agents destroy a large shipment of champagne there a void in the market. Bottle manufacturer Edmund Wald decides that perhaps the time has come to start filling the bottles he... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Grauman (as Walter E. Grauman)

Writers:

David Zelag Goodman (as David Z. Goodman), Eliot Ness (book) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Robert Middleton ... Barney Loomis
Michael Constantine ... Edmund Wald
Barry Morse ... Michel Viton
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
George Kennedy ... Birdie
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Jason Wingreen ... Police Capt. Dorset
Grant Richards ... Harry Brooks
Ben Wright ... John Wellin
Jack Anthony Jack Anthony ... Louie Monk
Jean Harvey Jean Harvey ... Mrs. Loomis
Walter Winchell ... Narrator (voice)
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After Federal Agents destroy a large shipment of champagne there a void in the market. Bottle manufacturer Edmund Wald decides that perhaps the time has come to start filling the bottles he sells. He teams with a bootleg liquor distributor, Michel Viton, who has the contacts to sell the stuff to. He also gets his cheapskate uncle Barney Loomis, a legitimate restaurant owner, involved by getting him to lend him the up-front money he needs to the the illicit liquor operation underway. Wald is taking all the risk however with both Viton and Loomis making sure their own interests are protected. Wald has his own plans however. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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During the Depression, some folks had a thirst for the good stuff and these slobs were more than happy to oblige!
2 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In this episode of "The Untouchables", an ordinary looking guy, Edmund Wald (Michael Constantine) manufactures bottles and this could turn out to be VERY profitable since he's come upon a way to make cheap fake champagne which could pass for the real stuff. And, during the Depression the stuff is going for $10 or more a bottle...making this a potentially a goldmine. But he needs some startup help. He needs contacts so he begins working with Michel Viton (Barry Morse). But he needs more--bottling equipment (which they kill to get) and money. As for the money, Wald seeks it out from his incredibly cheap and nasty uncle (Robert Middleton). Through the course of this show, see how these men and Wald's assistant sink deeper and deeper into murder and depravity to make their fortunes.

This is a very juicy episode...full of ordinary looking folks becoming consumed by greed and evil. I also appreciated how the deaf character played by George Kennedy actually WAS using American Sign Language...not just some made up gibberish (though Constantine's signs back to him WERE gibberish). Well worth seeing and well written. Greed at its worst...and most entertaining.


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