The Untouchables

Season 2 Episode 11

The Tommy Karpeles Story

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Dec 29, 1960 on ABC
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The Tommy Karpeles Story

Eliot Ness must find out who is really responsible for the robbery of a million dollars worth of negotiable securities from a U.S. mail train, where a postal clerk was shot.

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  • Ness needs the assistance of "Tough Tommy Karpeles" serving hard time for a vicious crime he may not have pulled off. His estranged daughter is the only thing that matters to this long-time gangster. Does he help Ness to save her?moreless

    Top-notch UNTOUCHABLES episode that provides multi-dimensional character motivation and internal conflict. Robert Stack IS Federal Agent Eliot Ness and plays the part with his unique style and grace (often not give enough credit for his excellent gig as Ness). Without giving away the plot, like most episodes in this series it provides an excellent action "hook" even prior to the Main Title sequence. The black and white cinematography is used to create the dark, dangerous, film noir atmosphere that to this day, few TV shows are able to do well. It's difficult to imagine any of the UNTOUCHABLES episodes in color. The glorious B&W is sadly a thing of the past. Much like actors such as Robert Stack in the role of Eliot Ness, HE was Eliot Ness every week in top-form thanks to his talents and those of the writers of this landmark series. "THE TOMMY KARPELES STORY" is a classic example of the depth of character, highly stylized, engaging production, television was and is able to do... at times even better than the majority of big-budget features void of such elements. One of the better episodes from this high quality series from Desilu. Not to be missed.moreless
  • Fine episode

    Great episode with a fine cast of guest stars. Madlyn Rhue manages to redeem herself in this one by giving a memorable performance as Sally Karpeles after being so "unmemorable" in the infamous Season One episode, Head of Fire, Feet of Clay. Harold J. Stone is equally good as Ms. Rhue's estranged father and the title character of the episode. Vic Morrow and Murray Hamilton also shine as a pair of slimy heavies. The only real flaw of the episode is Joseph Wiseman's rather routine, mail it in performance as lead baddie Albert Miras. Fortunately for us all, Wiseman would do much better in his next appearance on the show.moreless
Harold J. Stone

Harold J. Stone

Tommy Karpeles

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Murray Hamilton

Murray Hamilton

George Varsey

Guest Star

Madlyn Rhue

Madlyn Rhue

Sally Karpeles

Guest Star

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