The Untouchables (1959–1963)
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The Mark of Cain 

Eliot Ness and his team have been successful in shutting most of the drug trafficking in Chicago. One exception is 'Little' Charlie Sebastino's operation. He has accumulated quite a stash ... See full summary »


Walter Grauman (as Walter E. Grauman)


David Zelag Goodman (as David Z. Goodman), Eliot Ness (book) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Will Kuluva ... Frank Genna
Conrad Janis ... Sticks
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Joe Genna
Henry Silva ... Little Charlie Sebastino
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Paula Raymond ... Sylvia Genna
Joyce Taylor ... Singer
Abel Fernandez ... William Youngfellow
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Wolfe Barzell ... Salvatore Sebastino
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Robert Riordan
Gilman Rankin ... Rawlins
Carol Eve Rossen ... Carol Royce (as Carol Rossen)
Jason Wingreen ... Turner


Eliot Ness and his team have been successful in shutting most of the drug trafficking in Chicago. One exception is 'Little' Charlie Sebastino's operation. He has accumulated quite a stash over the years and doesn't need to import new supplies to keep his lucrative operation going. A drug overdose victim puts Ness onto Sebastino's distribution chain but he is puzzled when the gangster stops selling the stuff. Unbeknown to Ness, the Commission, chaired by Joe Genna, has ordered Sebastino to stop selling drugs. Needless to say, 'Little' Charlie hatches his own plan to eliminate Genna and come out on top. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

17 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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During the last conference room scene, Little Charlie takes away Frank Genna's pencil and throws it across the room. In the next shot, Frank is holding the pencil in his hands. See more »


All of Me
Performed by Joyce Taylor
Music by Gerald Marks
Lyrics by Seymour Simons
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I'm noticing a trend....
1 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Mark of Cain" is one of the better episodes of "The Untouchables" though I have sure noticed a trend. In most of the episodes I've so far watched, Ness and his men really do very little and the hoods just destroy each other. This is the best example, as Ness' work is completely incompetent yet the baddies meet their maker by the time the final credits roll!

In a plot which was very similar to the movie "The Godfather", Little Charlie Sabastiano (Henry Silva) made his mob fortune with drugs. However, the big bosses led by Joe Genna (Eduardo Cianelli) don't like the drug business and want Little Charlie to move into the bootleg booze business with them. This isn't a request...this is an order. But Little Charlie is nuts and very wily. He pretends to go along with the gang but has other things in mind...including murder in order to get the council to see it his way. This is a very dangerous business, indeed.

This episode works not only because the plot is quite good but Silva plays Little Charlie so vividly. It's hard to ignore his bigger than life character. Additionally, Cianelli was fine as Joe and it was really interesting seeing Conrad Janis playing a dope addict and murderer!! All in all, this is an exciting episode...filled with everything...including Ness blowing it once again yet somehow ending up on top!

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