Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse

Season 1 Episode 25

The Untouchables [1]

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 20, 1959 on CBS
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The Untouchables [1]
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In the wake of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929, the Federal government assembles an elite group of Prohibition agents to do battle with and bring down the immense criminal empire of Al Capone. This squad is led by the grim, somber, dedicated, and incorruptible Eliot Ness and becomes known as "the Untouchables" due to their refusals to accept bribes to lay off the criminal activities of Capone and company.moreless

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      • Paul Picerni and Nicholas Georgiade, seen here as mobsters, would later change sides once The Untouchables got picked up as a regular series. Georgiade joined the Untouchables squad in the premiere episode as Agent Enrico Rossi while Picerni saddled up beginning in Season Two as Agent Lee Hobson.

      • Robert Stack (as Eliot Ness) and Abel Fernandez (as William Youngfellow) were the only two actors from this pilot to reprise their roles once The Untouchables was picked up as a weekly series. Bruce Gordon (as Frank Nitti) and Frank Wilcox (as D. A. Beecher Asbury) made recurring appearances on the regular series. The roles of Martin Flaherty, Jack Rossman, and Lamar Kane were played by other actors.

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