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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Untouchable: 1960

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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.

 

Reruns

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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