Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 15, 1959
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
50 min.
Country
USA
Network
ABC TV Network
Genre

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The Untouchables (1959)

Based on the autobiographical book "The Untouchables" by Eliot Ness and Oscar Fraley, the series dealt with the experiences of Eliot Ness, a United States Federal agent, as he fought crime in Chicago during the 1930s with the help of a special team of agents handpicked for their incorruptibility. This special squad was nicknamed the Untouchables.

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04x30 A Taste for Pineapple Aired: May. 21, 1963

Ganglord Danny Mundt, whose operation is being hit hard by Eliot Ness, imports hired killer Elroy Dahlgren to bump off the ace Federal officer. …

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The show had 4 seasons and 118 episodes air between 1959 and 1963.

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  • According to testimony from Jimmy 'The Weasel' Fratianno, a Mafia boss turned FBI informant, the Chicago family of the Mafia ordered the assassination of the show's producer Desi Arnaz
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    According to testimony from Jimmy 'The Weasel' Fratianno, a Mafia boss turned FBI informant, the Chicago family of the Mafia ordered the assassination of the show's producer Desi Arnaz because they didn't like, (a) the fact that the success of the show was focusing attention on the Mafia, and (b) the show's portrayal of Italians. Fratianno said that two hitmen hid themselves near Arnaz's house one night waiting for him to show up, but he never did. Shortly afterwards the assassination order was rescinded when it was realized that Arnaz's murder would cause the Mafia more trouble than it was worth.
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  • Walter Winchell received a reported $25,000 per episode for his narration on this series. With his signature machine gun dialog delivery, he could apparently rack up almost 200 words per minute.
  • Among the concessions made to Italian-American groups, the network and producers were allowed to use Italians and Italian names for criminals based upon real persons but agreed that fictional…
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    Among the concessions made to Italian-American groups, the network and producers were allowed to use Italians and Italian names for criminals based upon real persons but agreed that fictional criminal characters would be non-Italians.
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