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5.0 out of 5 stars Meanwhile................back on the South Side of Chicago.............., 27 Nov 2008
This review is from: The Untouchables - Season 1: Volumes 1 and 2[DVD][1959] (DVD)
It's nearly fifty years since the Untouchables first hit the TV screens, but it still stands up well as exciting drama. The show ran from 1959 to 1963 on American TV and I remember watching it in the mid sixties here in the UK - a highlight of late night ITV. Altogether there were 118 50 minute episodes, mostly set in the early thirties, and were based on the book by Elliot Ness. This collection contains the complete first series of 28 episodes plus an additional feature length introduction called "The Scarface Mob" which combines the two part pilot into a film version. There is also an episode of "The Lucy Show", in which Lucy plays a Moll, as a bonus feature - the programmes were made by Lucy's Desilu Productions.

The material was previously issued in two volumes which is why this complete season 1 release is called volumes 1 and 2. The black and white prints have been beautifully restored and look fresh and vibrant; the mono sound limits the impact a bit but still sounds good for its age.

The Scarface Mob sets the scene and sees the final days of Al Capone in Chicago and the formation of the Untouchables. Later episodes introduce us to characters such as Dutch Schultz, Vinnie "Mad Dog" Coll and George "Bugs" Moran. There are also early appearances of actors such as Jack Lord and Lee Van Cleef - many other famous personalities appear in later series.

The semi-documentary style is enhanced by news man Walter Winchell's narration, and any time a bar mirror or shop window appears you can bet a burst of Tommy Gun fire will follow shortly to reduce it to fragments! Although there is quite a lot of violence it is very stylised and less graphic in black and white, hence the "12" rating.

Series two is now also available in the U.S. in Region 1 and will hopefully be released in the U.K. in 2009. Meanwhile, enjoy the complete first series of this classic gangster show in this good looking release. There is a useful summary of each of these episodes on Wikipedia if you check The Untouchables (1959 TV series).
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Initial post: 23 Aug 2010 12:33:03 BDT
I'd have liked the original two-part pilot as well as the movie version, but I guess that's just nit-picking!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2010 11:30:30 GMT
Actually this is not a reply to Mr Nash but an apology to the Original Poster. I have inadvertently used a similar heading to my post...sorry.

Posted on 27 Dec 2013 19:28:51 GMT
stevep says:
loved it great show and the i love lucy show was brill
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