The Untouchables

Season 3 Episode 16

The Death Tree

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Feb 15, 1962 on ABC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • An excellent episode with a real sense of forboding and atmosphere for the small screen.

    An immigrant neighborhood fights back when a Capone minion attempts to terrorize the populace.

    This is one of my favorite installments of "The Untouchables" - it's full of atmosphere and is extremely well-directed and shot cinematically. Lots of creepy touches add to the menace of the "Death Tree" and the roaming chestnut vendor is an excellent addition. Bronson is quite intimidating and Barbara Luna puts in a better-than-expected turn as a new leader of the gypsies, something I was initially a little skeptical of.

    The formula works well here, lots of threats and impending doom with solid action sequences sprinkled in all the way the end of the episode. Whereas it could be a saccharine "neighborhood fights back" story, the dynamic between Ness and the residents and the constant feeling of unease supplied by the script adds a lot to action.

    A recommended pick for me.
  • Once Upon a Time in Chicago

    This eerie and atmospheric episode plays out almost like a Universal horror movie from the 1940's with its portrait of Chicago's gypsy community doing battle against a sinister villain who's one of their own. Janos Colescu is not your typical loud-mouthed braggart type Untouchables villain. Colescu, played by Charles Bronson, is grim, sinister, and tight-lipped. His screen time is also limited yet you always get the feeling that he's out there lurking in the shadows and waiting to pounce. Much like the Wolf Man and the Frankenstein monster in those old horror flicks.