Paramount Home Media and CBS Home Entertainment have gone to the vaults for a real hidden treasure that will be making its DVD debut on July 18. The hidden treasure is The Untouchables: The Scarface Mob.
In October of 1958, Desi Arnaz and Westinghouse joined forces for a one-hour television anthology series titled “Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse,” which spawned two timeless television series. Both debuted as full-fledged series in the Fall of 1959 — The Twilight Zone (based on Rod Serling’s “The Time Element” episode) and a two-part presentation that aired in April of 1959 of The Untouchables, which was based on Eliot Ness’ posthumously published book (co-authored by Oscar Fraley) of the same name and adapted for the broadcast by writer Paul Monash.
The Twilight Zone made its CBS network broadcast debut on Oct. 2, 1959 and The Untouchables followed on rival ABC on Oct. 15, 1959 … Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse gave birth to both of these!
On July 18 the missing element in The Untouchables series, starring Robert Stack as Eliot Ness, will be complete with the presentation of the theatrical cut titled The Untouchables: The Scarface Mob. The two-parter was edited into a theatrical release version and distributed to theatres during August of 1962, when the show took a two-month hiatus between the end of the third season (early July) and the start of the fourth and final season in late September of that year.