The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Big Squeeze 

For Ness, a master bank robber proves a worthy opponent. But robbing banks is not a federal offense, so Ness must get him on another charge.


Roger Kay


W.R. Burnett (teleplay), Robert C. Dennis (teleplay) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
John Hoyt ... James Havens
Dodie Heath Dodie Heath ... Chicky Purcell (as Dody Heath)
Dan O'Herlihy ... Ace Banner
Anthony George ... Cam Allison Jr. (credit only)
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Jimmy Mageean Jimmy Mageean ... Jamie 'The Knife' Hennigan (as James Mageean)
Frank Wilcox ... Beecher Asbury
Steve London ... Jack Rossman
Jeanne Vaughn Jeanne Vaughn ... Miss Downes
William A. Forester William A. Forester ... Stu Mill
Stephen Coit ... Lynch
Edmund Hashim ... Matty Church (as Ed Hashim)
Pitt Herbert ... Cashier


Larry 'Ace' Banner is considered to be the creme de la creme of bank robbers. He plans his robberies meticulously, never uses a gun himself and the result is usually a large haul and little for the police to go on. With a huge increase in bank robberies throughout the Midwest, the Federal District Attorney, Beecher Ashbury, is just itching to do something about it. Unfortunately, he can't since bank robbery isn't a Federal offense. That doesn't stop him from asking Eliot Ness to see what he can find on Banner. The master thief has just completed a $450,000 haul - in part because he managed to blackmail the manager into giving him security information - and has now decided to retire to the good life of a wealthy bachelor. When the government finally makes bank robberies a federal offense, Ness waits patiently knowing that it is only a matter of time before Ace will strike again. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

18 February 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Series regular Anthony George is fifth-billed in the on-screen closing credits but does not appear in the episode. See more »

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Ness really, really wants a piece of Ace.
10 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ace Banner (Dan O'Herlihy) is a master bank robber and his capers always work...and work well. Additionally, there never is any real proof he was involved because Ace is very, very least when it comes to crime. The problem for Ness is that when the show begins, Bank Robberies were not yet a federal crime so as a Treasury agent he cannot get involved. Ness is itching to put the pressure on Ace and after Bank Robberies ARE made federal crimes, he tries to outguess Ace. Normally this would be very tough but since his last job, Ace has gotten least when it comes to women. And soon, he's unable to live the same wild lifestyle and is in need of more ill-gotten funds...and Ness knows it.

This is a decent but unremarkable episode. It's nice to see Herlihy as well as John Hoyt in the show since both are familiar actors...and quite talented. But the show lacks the usual sneering villains and violent shooutouts...something you might just miss.

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