The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Speculator 

Leo Stazak is a small time con artist on the periphery of the mob and he decides to con Frank Nitti in a stock scam. Stazak is a fast talker and an expert liar who quickly gains Nitti's ... See full summary »

Director:

Allen Reisner

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Telly Savalas ... Leo Stazak
Bruce Gordon ... Frank Nitti
Frank Sutton ... Angie Stazak
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Steve London ... Jack Rossman
Bill Zuckert ... Vic (as William Zuckert)
Martin Brandt ... Anton Ryba
K.L. Smith K.L. Smith ... Nitti's Guard
Herman Rudin Herman Rudin ... Max Gort
Don Diamond ... George Keeley
Mel A. Bishop Mel A. Bishop ... Masseur (as Mel Bishop)
Paul Hahn Paul Hahn ... Lab Technician
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Leo Stazak is a small time con artist on the periphery of the mob and he decides to con Frank Nitti in a stock scam. Stazak is a fast talker and an expert liar who quickly gains Nitti's confidence. Soon, the big man has entrusted half a million dollars to Stazak who has been printing fake stock certificates. Ness is also on to Stazak's printer and it doesn't take long for Nitti to realize what is going on. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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"Leo...you done real good tonight...real good."
26 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the episode begins, the normally grumpy and antisocial Nitti has a new BFF...Leo Stazek (Telly Savalas). Stazek has impressed Nitti because he's got some neat ideas to improve the business and each time Stazek comes through, he and Nitti get closer. However, Stazek is a complete idiot...a criminal who has the nerve to be setting up a HUGE con on Nitti...something that could easily get him killed! It's because all these wonderful high finance deals are all a con...a BIG con to cheat Nitti out of a fortune. Hope Stazek can live long enough to enjoy it!!

This is a fine, fine episode...exquisitely written and really unusual...so unusual that I can't help but strongly recommend you watch it. Savalas is great, the show is great and exactly how well Stazek crafts his web of lies is truly exciting to watch.

By the way, in addition to Savalas, Frank Sutton ("Gomer Pile") is a guest baddie...Stazek's cousin.


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