The Untouchables

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (1420)

  • Nitti: (to Ness after the raid comes up empty) Next time let us know you're a-coming.

  • Flaherty: (after Capone is taken away) Good old Al. Remind me to write him every day.

  • Guzik: So you declared war?
    Nitti: (pulls out a gun) Yeah, it was me... personally.

  • Guzik: You can have the money. I don't want it but I'll get it back.
    Nitti: You sound pretty sure of yourself.
    Guzik: I'm not sure of me...I'm sure of you!

  • Ness: The kennel's quiet. The dogs are eating out of the same bowl.

  • Scalmone: Remarkable! Absolutely remarkable! This man Guzik must be a genius.
    Ness: As a bookkeeper or a crook?

  • Guzik: (to Brandy about George Ritchie) So he's gone. We can't bring him back. That's one thing that even I can't do.

  • Youngfellow: Divide and conquer, huh?
    Ness: It worked for Julius Caesar...why not for us?

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Notes (87)

  • This two-part pilot would later be edited and released theatrically as The Scarface Mob.

  • This pilot for The Untouchables originally aired as a two-part episode of the CBS anthology series Desilu Playhouse. When The Untouchables became a regular series ABC had gotten the rights to the show.

  • This is the only episode of the series where the flashback technique of telling the storyline is used.

  • This episode was originally entitled The Velvet Hammer.

  • This episode, which ends on October 24, 1935 is the last one sequentially in show history. Besides Dutch Schultz Story only two other episodes took place in the year 1935: Ma Barker and Her Boys and The Otto Frick Story. The earliest date in show history that is given in the narration is Arsenal which begins a few weeks before the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929.

  • This episode marks the only mention of Untouchable George Dayton, who like fellow agents Lamar Kane and Cam Allison, was killed in the line of duty.

  • This episode is one of three in the series where no date is given in the narration or dialogue as to when it occurs. The other two are The Genna Brothes and Head of Fire, Feet of Clay.

  • The Noise of Death was originally planned as the 3rd episode of Season 1. However, the ABC network was asked by the United States Attorney's office in New York not to broadcast this episode until after the trial of the gangland leaders who had been nabbed at Appalachian, New York. Actor J. Carrol Naish was featured as the fading Mafia leader, and the Government felt the showing of this episode at that time (October 29, 1959) might conceivably influence the jury. The Noise of Death was finally aired on January 14, 1960, when the Appalachian trial had ended.

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Trivia (96)

  • Frank Nitti's hat in this pilot episode is a Fedora but during the regular season it changes to a Bowler, his actual trademark hat.

  • Neville Brand, Bruce Gordon, and some of the other actors playing mobsters can be heard using Italian accents in this pilot episode. When The Untouchables got picked up as a regular series, these accents disappeared.

  • Eliot Ness is seen kissing a woman and crying in this episode, but this pilot is the only episode of the entire show run where he does.

  • Goof: When Guzik is shot by Brandy he grabs his left side. Yet in the next shot when he pleads with the Untouchables not to shoot him, he is holding his right side.

  • Rico appears briefly in this episode although actor Nick Georgiade is unbilled in the end credits.

  • Historical Goof: This episode takes place in 1930. Actor Jack Lord's character makes the statement that a crook got sent to Alcatraz only Alcatraz was still a military prison in 1930 and would not open to civilian prisoners until 1934.

  • This episode is historically accurate in one respect: the real Bugs Moran did quite a bit of labor union racketeering. Moran's success in this field prompted the Capone Mob to begin doing the same thing.

  • Goof: George "Blackie" Anderson is listed as George "Red" Anderson in the end credits.

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Allusions (4)

  • The events of this episode are re-told in Max Allen Collins' novel True Detective in which Eliot Ness and Frank Nitti appear. Nitti is also featured prominently in two sequels--True Crime and The Million Dollar Wound. The latter novel deals with Nitti's later years as head of the Chicago Mob and his Hollywood extortion scheme which would lead to his downfall.

  • Cumberland House recently published a book entitled After Capone: the Life and World of Chicago Mob Boss Frank "the Enforcer" Nitti written by Mars Eghighan, Jr. It's the first full-scale biography ever written about Nitti and it clears up a lot of misconceptions and mysteries regarding his life and his tenure as head of the Chicago syndicate.

  • Legs by William Kennedy is a novelized version of the life of Jack "Legs" Diamond focusing on his later years when he shifted his base of operations to the Albany area.

  • Radio commentator Loren Hall is loosely based on show narrator Walter Winchell.