The Untouchables - Season 2, Vol. 2

The Untouchables - Season 2, Vol. 2

Director: Don Medford, Herman Hoffman, Paul Wendkos
Cast: Robert Stack

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Perhaps inevitably, the more popular the ABC crime drama The Untouchables became, the louder the series' detractors complained. Reaching its ratings peak as America's eighth-most-watched program during its second season, the series, which elaborated in the most violent fashion imaginable on the career of treasury agent Elliot Ness (Robert Stack) as he and his team of "Untouchables" challenged the criminal element of Depression-era Chicago, was besieged by a flock of clean-up-TV advocates, church and school groups, and especially the Italian Anti-Defamation League, which condemned the series for its preponderance of Italian villains. Executive producer Desi Arnaz argued that many of the real-life gangsters were indeed Italian, whereupon their critics counter-argued that the scriptwriters tended to use Italian-sounding names even for the series' fictional bad guys. Everyone from the Longshoreman's Union (which threatened not to deliver the sponsors' product) to singer Frank Sinatra converged upon Arnaz, and there were even rumors that The Mob had put out a contract on the beleagured producer (reportedly, the higher-ups figured that killing Desi wouldn't be worth the trouble). Finally, the producers agreed that, beginning with the series' third season, none of the fictional gangsters would be Italian, and that the genuine Italian miscreants would be counterbalanced with honest, upright and incorruptible Italian-American supporting characters--notably Nick Georgiade in the recurring role of "Untouchable" Enrico Rossi. Highlights of Season Two include Elizabeth Montgomery's bravura, Emmy-nominated portrayal of a duplicitous gun moll in the opening episode, "The Rusty Heller Story"; "Jack 'Legs' Diamond," with future Law&Order star Steven Hill in the title role and Robert Carricart as Lucky Luciano; "Augie 'The Banker Ciamino" with Keenan Wynn, who ironically had played straight-arrow "Untouchable" Joe Fuselli in the series' two-hour pilot; and "Mr. Moon," which garnered a great deal of critical attention due the starring performance by 23-year-old Victor Buono. And as had happened with the first season "The Unhired Assassin," the second season of The Untouchables is distinguished by another elaborate two-part episode, "The Big Train," which brings Neville Brand back as Ness' number one nemesis Al Capone--and which got the producers into trouble (again!) by suggesting that the incarcerated Capone had been given preferential treatment in the Atlanta Pentitentiary. Also in the tradition of "The Unhired Assassin," "The Big Train" was later released theatrically as Alcatraz Express.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2008
UPC: 0097361370248
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 13:25:00
Sales rank: 11,574

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Performance Credits
Robert Stack Actor
Augie "The Banker" Ciamino Keenan Wynn
David Brian Brian O'Malley
Harry Guardino Nick Moses
James MacArthur Johnny Lubin
Joan Blondell Mrs. Lucy Wagnall
Larry Parks George "Blackie" Dallas
Lee Marvin Nick Acropolis
Luther Adler Emile Bouchard
Nehemiah Persoff Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik
Ricardo Montalban Frank Makouris
Robert Middleton Barney Loomis
Steve Cochran Nate Kestor
Telly Savalas Wally Baltzer
Victor Buono Mr. Melanthos Moon
Walter Winchell Actor
Will Kuluva Nero Rankin,Renzo Raineri
Bruce Gordon Frank Nitti
Fay Spain Julie Duvall
Joanna Barnes Marquise De Bouverais [Marcie McKuen]
Joe de Santis Louis Letito
John Dehner Hughie Barker
Karl Swenson Hans Dreiser
Lou Polan Phil Melnick alias George Dodd
Michael Constantine Ed Wald,Gino Carabello
Nicholas Georgiade Actor
Norma Crane Lily Dallas
Phillip Pine Lennie Shore
Richard Devon Valentine Ferrar
Sam Jaffe Luigi Falconi
Abel Fernandez Actor
Barry Morse Michel Vitton
Carole Eastman Sandra Wiley
Constance Ford Stella Acropolis
Dennis Patrick Gil Haller
Frank de Kova Judge Foley
Joanna Moore Althea
John Marley Hennie
Joseph Wiseman Russell Shield
June Vincent Mrs. Randall
Kevin Hagen Swede Kelso
Robert Cornthwaite Insp. Jim Goodrich
Steven Geray Etienne De Bouverais
Barry Kelley Pat Polofski
Dabbs Greer Thomas Randall
Eddie Firestone Ernie Berrigan
Ellen Madison Millie Joplin
Gale Robbins Lorna Willis
Grant Richards Harry Brooks
Jack Elam Stanley Wolinski
Johnny Seven Frankie Firshman,George Davas
Joseph Ruskin Alexander Lupescu
Lee Phillips Paul Raineri
Mario Gallo Chester
Paul Birch Lt. Willard
Trevor Bardette Capt. Joe McGonigle
Warren Stevens Alex Brosak
Andrea Margolis Theresa Raineri
Carl Milletaire Pete Konitz
Frank Wilcox D.A. Asbury
George Neise Archie Devlin
Harry Dean Stanton Moxie Herman
Jason Wingreen Capt. Dorset
Jean Carson Sylvia Orchins
Jeff Corey Max Frimmel
John Duke Bo Nairins
Judy Strangis Arlene Dallas
Lindsay Workman Harry Krafton
Ned Glass Art Reel
Robert J. Wilke Dutch Schultz
Robert Osterloh Benny Joplin

Technical Credits
Don Medford Director
Herman Hoffman Director
Paul Wendkos Director
Stuart Rosenberg Director
Walter E. Grauman Director

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