The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Charlie Argos Story 

Prohibition has come to an end and bootlegger Frank "The King" Argos has also come to the end of his life. He asks Eliot Ness to become the executor of his estate but Ness declines, for ... See full summary »


Leonard J. Horn (as Leonard Horn)


Oscar Fraley (book), Harry Kronman (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Patricia Owens ... Marcy Devon
Robert Vaughn ... Charlie Argos
Kent Smith ... Eli Halstead
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Arno Beale
Stefan Gierasch ... Gil Kellerman
Stanley Adams ... Max Posen
Paul Birch ... Frank Argos
Edward Holmes Edward Holmes ... Colonel
Richard Reeves ... Foreman
Walter Winchell ... Narrator (voice)


Prohibition has come to an end and bootlegger Frank "The King" Argos has also come to the end of his life. He asks Eliot Ness to become the executor of his estate but Ness declines, for obvious reasons. He's left everything to his son Charlie, who was declared missing in action at the very end of World War I. When his minions find that life The King's money is not very much to their liking, they recruit and train someone to pose as the long lost Charlie. The man they've chosen however seems to know more about Charlie's childhood than they do. Written by garykmcd

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16 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Neat story...but it's also VERY familiar.
28 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Charlie Argos Story" is one of the less original stories I've seen from "The Untouchables", as I've seen movies and TV shows with pretty much the same plot. Still, despite the familiarity, it is entertaining and worth seeing.

When the show begins, a mobster is dying and he's asked to see Ness. Charlie Argos knows he won't last much longer and inexplicably asks Ness to be the executor of his will because he knows Ness is so honest. Ness naturally declines...after all, why would a federal agent want to help a jerk? It seems that Charlie wants whoever is the executor to hold off on distributing his fortune and only give it to his long lost son. However, the young man hasn't been seen since going missing in action during WWI...and it's unlikely he'll ever return.

Some of Charlie's 'friends' (including his wife) know that unless they can produce a son, they'll never get a hold of the money. So they go looking for someone to pretend to be the man. However, oddly, the guy they find (Robert Vaughn) is just too good NOT to be the real thing. Is he just a lucky guesser or could be actually be Argos' kid?!

This worked despite being a recycled idea because the story supporting this plot was so strong and engaging. Well worth seeing...especially the ending.

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