The Untouchables

Season 2 Episode 29

The Seventh Vote

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM May 18, 1961 on ABC
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The Seventh Vote

When Al Capone goes to jail, Frank Nitti and Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik vie for control of the Organization. When they're unable to settle their differences, Capone calls in a "consultant": Kafka, to make them work together. Eliot Ness has to stop Kafka from crossing the Canadian border and uniting the warring factions.


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  • One of the best episodes of the season, emphasizes what makes the "guts" of the series work.

    Al Capone's most trusted and dangerous men again face challenges and internal rivalry in the game of control.

    I'm a big fan of this episode, lots of good drama and the raging of "Greasy Thumb" Guzik and Frank Nitti chews a lot of great scenery here. Perhaps what I enjoy the most is the detail and philosophy of mobster operations and economics, as Nitti is being drained by hits to his booze operations, at the same time its becoming clear that prohibition is not going to last forever and the more insidious racket of narcotics may be much more profitable. And in "high honor" among theives, the deadlocked vote of the council will not only be influenced by an outsider (the mysterious "Kafka") but by murders of some of the voting members.

    Its instructive that no matter how the role of Ness and his men could sometimes be over-emphasized in this series, the fate of Chicago gangland is more often the result of their own internal sense of order, priorities, and justice.moreless
  • Together Again

    The Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of TV gangsters, Frank Nitti and Jake Guzik, are together again in this episode about the mob's attempts to smuggle in an Oriental narcotics czar to break a deadlock on the mob council and the attempts of the Untouchables to prevent it from happening.

    This episode is essentially a re-working of The Empty Chair, the show's premiere episode, in that it details the bickering and feuding of Nitti and Guzik for supremacy in the Chicago Mob immediately after Al Capone was sent away to prison. Once again Bruce Gordon and Nehemiah Persoff bicker away at each other though they are forced to work together for their own common good this time. Throw in a marvelous performance by Joseph Ruskin as secondary villain Alexander Stavro and you have a classic episode.

    Note: Persoff would appear once more as Guzik in Season Four's Doublecross but that appearance would be sans Nitti.moreless
Joseph Ruskin

Joseph Ruskin

Alexander Stavro

Guest Star

George N. Neise

George N. Neise

Archie Devlin

Guest Star

Howard Caine

Howard Caine

Edwin Ballin

Guest Star

Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon

Frank Nitti

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