The Untouchables

Season 1 Episode 1

The Empty Chair

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Oct 15, 1959 on ABC
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The Empty Chair
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Eliot Ness and his team of federal agents have spent the last 18 months getting Capone behind bars. Now their job turns to figuring out who will take over the empty throne.

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  • Great Premiere Episode

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    It's been said that a series needs a great premiere episode in order to be successful and The Untouchables hit the ground running with The Empty Chair. In this episode several loose ends from the series pilot are tied up and we are introduced to the most frequent nemesis of the Untouchables, Chicago Mob chieftan Frank "the Enforcer" Nitti, played with gusto by Bruce Gordon. All in all, Gordon would appear in 27 episodes as Nitti. Nehemiah Persoff, who plays Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik in the Empty Chair, would appear twice more as Guzik and in three additional episodes as different characters. The interplay between Gordon and Persoff as the bickering heirs to Al Capone's criminal empire is the highlight of the episode but there's not too much of a drop-off when it shifts gears about midway through and allows Barabara Nichols to reprise her role from the pilot episode as burlesque queen Brandy LaFrance. For one of the few times in the series we also get a glimpse of a mobster's family life with the interplay between Guzik, his niece Brandy, and his sister Norma. Also take special note of the performance of Nick Georgiade as Enrico Rossi, a barber and witness against Nitti who joins the Untouchables squad. It's his best of the series and it's a shame he wasn't used like this more often.moreless
Jerry Paris

Jerry Paris

Agent Martin Flaherty

Abel Fernandez

Abel Fernandez

Agent William Youngfellow

Nicholas Georgiade

Nicholas Georgiade

Agent Enrico Rossi

Steve London

Steve London

Agent Jack Rossman

Walter Winchell

Walter Winchell

Narrator

Robert Stack

Robert Stack

Eliot Ness

Barbara Nichols

Barbara Nichols

Barbara Ritchie/ Brandy La France

Guest Star

Betty Garde

Betty Garde

Norma Guzik

Guest Star

Peter Mamakos

Peter Mamakos

Gus Raddi

Guest Star

Chuck Hicks

Chuck Hicks

LaMarr Kane

Recurring Role

Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon

Frank Nitti

Recurring Role

Frank Wilcox

Frank Wilcox

D.A. Beecher Asbury

Recurring Role

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