The Untouchables

Season 2 Episode 11

The Tommy Karpeles Story

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Dec 29, 1960 on ABC

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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?

    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.