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The Antidote

Mid-October 1932. The nation's attention is on the election campaign between incumbent president Herbert Hoover and his opponent Franklin D. Roosevelt, who is crippled by polio.  With Prohibition still the law of the land, the government is looking for ways to denature alcohol, which legitimate manufactures need for industrial purposes (making perfumes, etc).  Should the alcohol fall into the wrong hands, if it was denatured, it would be useless to bootleggers. Eliot Ness and his Untouchables, along with top Federal agents from all over the country, attend an important meeting in Washington, DC.  The Speaker says that since the beginning of Prohibition, all alcohol produced under government license has had one of various denaturants added to it: pyridine, methanol, etc.  But the Underworld has always found a way to renature the alcohol. The Speaker is happy to announce that the government chemists in his Department have finally come up with a denaturant for which there is no Antidote

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  • Originally Aired March 9, 1961
  • Runtime 50 minutes
  • Network ABC (US)
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Name Type Role
David Zelag Goodman Writer
Ben Wright Guest Star
Byron Morrow Guest Star
Cosmo Sardo Guest Star
Jason Wingreen Guest Star
Baynes Barron Guest Star
Telly Savalas Guest Star
Lorna Thayer Guest Star
Gale Robbins Guest Star
Joseph Wiseman Guest Star
Jeff Corey Guest Star
John Mitchum Guest Star
Walter Grauman Director