The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Matt Bass Scheme 

Matt Bass is an ex-con and a former member of Al Capone's criminal empire. In prison, a fellow con, engineer Jason Fiddler develops what he thinks is the perfect way to deliver illicit ... See full summary »

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Telly Savalas ... Matt Bass
Bruce Gordon ... Frank Nitti
Milton Selzer ... Jason Fiddler
Michael Constantine ... Seth Otis
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Steve London ... Jack Rossman
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Solly Wilks
Toni Tucci Toni Tucci ... Alma
John Harmon ... Phil Grier
Grant Richards ... Frankie Resko
Herman Rudin Herman Rudin ... Bochek
Walter Winchell ... Narrator (voice)
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Matt Bass is an ex-con and a former member of Al Capone's criminal empire. In prison, a fellow con, engineer Jason Fiddler develops what he thinks is the perfect way to deliver illicit liquor to central Chicago. Once out of jail, Bass approaches his old friend Frank Nitti to sell the idea. Nitti has been hit hard lately by Eliot Ness and the Untouchables who have pretty well shut down most of his distilleries and the speakeasies are starting to close their doors. Nitti tries to solve the delivery problem himself but in the end, agrees to Bass and Fiddler's scheme. Ness is soon on to them however. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Lot Of Things To Like In This Episode
15 February 2012 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Telly Savalas, who went on to become a huge TV star a decade later with "Kojak," plays the crook "Matt Bass" in this episode, which features Bruce Gordon ("Frank Nitti") and Michael Constantine "Seth Otis"). All are gangsters and all are figuring a way they could move their booze out of Chicago and then bring it back to the speakeasies. Things have gotten too tight in the city with Eliott Ness and his Untouchables wrecking one distillery after another.

Bass, a former boss of Nitti in the Capone gang, is now out of the stir and - thanks to an engineering genius in jail - has a plan.....but Nitti doesn't want to hear it. He has his own plan.

Bass makes sure Nitti will listen to him next time....and he does.

My favorite scene in this episode is when two of Capone's henchmen visit Nitti and give him a lecture on just what's what. It is a riveting scene.

Milton Selzer, John Harmon and Joseph Bernard are all convincing in supporting roles. The film noir photography is also fantastic.


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