The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Underground Court 

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Mobster Valentine Ferrar thinks he has the perfect way to steal $500,000 of the syndicate's money. When a passenger liner returning from Cuba catches fire off the New Jersey coast, he fakes... See full summary »

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Don Medford

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Leonard Kantor, Eliot Ness (book) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Richard Devon ... Valentine Ferrar
Frank DeKova ... Judge Foley (as Frank de Kova)
Joan Blondell ... Hannah 'Lucy' Wagnall
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Eddie Firestone ... Ernie Berrigan
Barry Russo ... Bo Narrins (as John Duke)
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Steve London ... Jack Rossman
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Inky Beggs
Arthur Kendall Arthur Kendall ... Pedro Palmas
William Fawcett ... Cooley
Steve Conte ... First Hood
Walter Winchell ... Narrator (voice)
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Mobster Valentine Ferrar thinks he has the perfect way to steal $500,000 of the syndicate's money. When a passenger liner returning from Cuba catches fire off the New Jersey coast, he fakes his death and sends his underling to the Underground Court, the mob's court of law, to tell them he drowned. They are soon on his trail however so when he meets up with a kooky widow, Hannah Wagnall, they set off on what she calls a second honeymoon. What he doesn't realize is that Wagnall has her own plans and that she's gone on these second honeymoons before. Ness and his men, with the help of State Police, track Valentine and Wagnall across several States as they too try to not only get the money but hopefully find out where the Underground Court meets. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A guy steals $500,000 from the mob and then goes on a road trip with a loopy lady...I see no potential problems here!
1 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the show begins, there is an accident where a boat coming from Cuba catches fire off the New Jersey coast. A mobster aboard, Valentine Ferrar (Richard Devon), takes advantage of this by stealing $500,000 of the mob's money and faking his death. He also kills a couple people before hooking up with an extremely kooky lady. Mrs. Wagnall (Joan Blondell) is looking to share the ride and costs with someone...and Ferrar is her partner for a little trip. During the course of the trip, it's very obvious that Wagnall is a totally strange lady and her weird bug-eyed expression and weird smile would creep out pretty much anyone! The way she behaves is even more strange...especially when she is taken prisoner by mobsters. You'd think she'd be scared or at least concerned...but this odd-ball just reacts in the strangest manner.

So is all this weirdness any good? Well, it's not terrible. But I think the show's attempt at making a humorous episode was far from a total success--mostly because Blondell's character was too goofy and too annoying to be realistic. Worth watching but far, far from a good episode. But at least the very end was a nice twist!


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