The Untouchables

Season 3 Episode 1

The Troubleshooter

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Oct 12, 1961 on ABC
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The Troubleshooter
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When mobster Nate Selko is unable to bribe Eliot Ness, he sets up the agent in a phony shootout and makes it appear that Ness shot an unarmed man. Now Ness must clear his name and stop the Mob's scheme to take control of nickel-and-dime punchboards.

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  • Great episode

    10
    An episode where we see a rare glimpse of Eliot Ness getting a bit rattled as the tables are turned on him (and quite the performance from Robert Stack.) Peter Falk almost steals the show. The directing is sharp and on point, the script perfectly nuanced. Wonderful episode all around.
  • Great Season Three Premiere

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    Outstanding Season Three opener with Peter Falk playing one of the nastiest villians in show history. Nate Selko is as devious and cunning as they come and he nearly succeeds in toppling Eliot Ness as head of the Untouchables. Throw in marvelous performances from Vincent Gardenia and Murray Hamilton as the secondary villains and you have yet another Untouchables classic. It didn't get any better than this.
Murray Hamilton

Murray Hamilton

Harry Danigan

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Ned Glass

Ned Glass

Max Riegel

Guest Star

Vincent Gardenia

Vincent Gardenia

Jake Petrie

Guest Star

Frank Wilcox

Frank Wilcox

D.A. Beecher Asbury

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    • Robert Stack, in his autobiography Straight Shooting, had this to say about Peter Falk [page 261 of the paperback version]: In our first scene together, Peter announced his plan of action.  He picked up a bottle standing on the table.  "Before you say your line," he suggested, "I'll take the top off the bottle; then I'll put it back on.  Then I'll take it off again; then maybe I'll say something about it." ... "I don't care what you do," I said, laughing.  "Just wave a handkerchief when you're through and I'll start talking!" (next paragraph) So Peter improvised.  In one scene, he was interviewed by Mafia dons.  He took that scene, overlapped dialogue, sat down, banged on the table, invented his own speech, and waved his arms like a traffic cop.  By the time he made his exit, slamming the door as he went, a star was born!

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