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Untouchable: 1960

Untouchable: 1960

1960. "Robert Stack in his role as Eliot Ness on the television program The Untouchables." Photo by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine article "How 'The Untouchables' Hypoed TV's Crime Wave." View full size.

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The pistol

It's a Colt Police Positve Special. The gun is a prop gun and was sold at auction a few years ago.

By the way - you can exclude this as a S&W revolver because of the lack of the front lock underneath the barrel. A S&W revolver would have a front lock in addition to the locking system in the frame next to the hammer.

You can also identify this not being a S&W revolver because the cylinder is slightly flutet to the right of the small notch to accomodate the lug which keeps the cylinder in place while the gun is fired. Colt cylinders turn clockwise, S&W cylinders counterclockwise.


I watched reruns as a teenager in the '70s. I absolutely loved this show.

The pistol

Smith and Wesson Model 10 M&P [Military and Police] in .38 Special caliber. Standard issue police revolver for much of the 20th century until the 1970s when the big Magnum revolvers and 9mm semi-automatics began to take over.

First Major Role

Was as a young Polish pilot in the classic "To Be Or Not To Be" with Benny and Lombard; not a bad beginning!

They were so cool

As that new decade began, this 10-year-old couldn't wait for each week's episode of "The Untouchables," made especially great by the machine-gun-narration of former newspaper and radio commentator Walter Winchell.

We were supposed to be in bed, but somehow we snuck out to at least see what each week's black-and-white theme would be, led cooly by Stack's Eliot Ness.

Watch this !

Bob Stack shows how he can shoot his own hat off.

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