Untouchables knock-off due to its mob-fighting crusader premise and its lineage as another creation of executive producer Paul Monash. But according to an interview with Robert Culp currently posted on the Archive of American Television web site (emmytvlegends.org/interviews/shows/cains-hundred), Monash considered the show's failure to win over viewers to be the fault of lead actor Peter Mark Richman. Culp recalls being hired to play an ambitious transportation company V.P. in the show's first 1962 episode "The Plush Jungle: Benjamin Riker" (January 2, 1962) and while still filming this episode he came up with the idea for the episode "The Swinger" (April 3, 1962), which he would write and star in toward the end of the series' run. After delivering an early draft of the teleplay to Monash, Culp insisted that he could continue reworking it to give Richman's character a larger role in the action, but Monash told him not to bother, that it was fine as it is, and intimated that he considered Richman's performance to be the reason for the show's failure. Other episodes that aired in 1962 exhibit a similar pattern in relegating the character of Nicholas Cain to a peripheral role in the plot's action. The Robert Altman-directed episode "The Left Side of Canada" (May 1, 1962) likewise leaves Cain with very little screen time, showing up in an early bar scene where unwitting mob accomplice Howard Douglas tries to convince him that the business he runs with known criminal John Maychin is legitimate, and then after the episode's primary action has happened he resurfaces to try to get lounge singer Jeanette to tell what she knows about Maychin. She refuses to talk, however, until her boyfriend and Maychin's nephew turns up dead. It's true that Richman's portrayal of Cain is a bit on the rigid side, but it's not entirely clear what else Monash objected to in his performance. His character's shortcomings are at least partly due to scripts that have him delivering sermons to accomplices who fail to see the world in black-and-white terms and his being hamstrung by legal requirements to produce evidence that will convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. Like Monash and his Untouchables past, Cain entered the crime drama arena with two strikes against him.
The Twilight Zone and Star Trek for their bravery in tackling uncomfortable issues, they should also praise Cain's Hundred for the same bravery, or perhaps even greater bravery, because while the former series masked their treatment of sensitive topics behind the veil of science fiction or alternate realities, Cain's Hundred dealt with the same subjects bluntly out in the open. That bluntness, more than any shortcomings Peter Mark Richman may have had as a leading man, is why the series was and has been largely buried. Television viewers don't like a series that hits too close to home.
For the biography of Peter Mark Richman, see the post for Cain's Hundred 1961.
Notable Guest Stars
Dennis the Menace, Ed McCullough on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, the foreign editor on Lou Grant, Dr. Mitch Ackerman on Knots Landing, and Franklin Horner on Dallas) plays another of his hoods. Dan Seymour (Ferrari on Casablanca) plays a member of his board of directors Milano. Larry Gates (starred in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Some Came Running, and The Young Savages and played H.B. Lewis on Guiding Light) plays Amalgamated Transportation president Zales Yoder. Kathryn Givney (appeared in My Friend Irma, A Place in the Sun, Three Coins in the Fountain, Daddy Long Legs, and Guys and Dolls and played Grandma Collins on My Three Sons) plays his wife. Robert Culp (shown on the left, starred in Sunday in New York, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and Breaking Point and played Hoby Gilman on Trackdown, Kelly Robinson on I Spy, Bill Maxwell on The Greatest American Hero, and Warren on Everybody Loves Raymond) plays his son Kurt. Vaughn Taylor (starred in Jailhouse Rock, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Psycho, and In Cold Blood and played Ernest P. Duckweather on Johnny Jupiter) plays Amalgamated's biggest client Harry Marstow. Sheila Bromley (Ethel Weiss on Hank) plays Marstow's wife Helen. Byron Morrow (Capt. Keith Gregory on The New Breed and Pearce Newberry on Executive Suite) plays Amalgamated board member Meyers. Tyler McVey (Gen. Maj. Norgath on Men Into Space) plays Amalgamated board member Eaton.
(shown on the right, starred in 12 Angry Men, Psycho, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Catch-22 and played Dr. Milton Orliff on Dr. Kildare and Murray Klein on Archie Bunker's Place) plays numbers runner Jack Garsell. Sandy Kenyon (Des Smith on Crunch and Des, Shep Baggott on The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, and Reverend Kathrun on Knots Landing) plays his hit-man Waldo. Ron Foster (Officer Garvey on Highway Patrol) plays another hit-man Tom Brannon. Frank McHugh (appeared in The Front Page, The Crowd Roars, One Way Passage, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Going My Way, and State Fair and played Willis Walter on The Bing Crosby Show) plays bag man Wilbur Morton. Ross Elliott (Freddie the director on The Jack Benny Program and Sheriff Abbott on The Virginian) plays police Lt. Spencer. Alex Cord (Jack Kiley on W.E.B., Mike Holland on Cassie & Co., and Michael Coldsmith Briggs III on Airwolf) plays new operator Larry Rome. Harlan Warde (John Hamilton on The Rifleman and Sheriff John Brannan on The Virginian) plays federal D.A. Jerome Von.
The Untouchables and Reese Bennett on Laredo) plays smut peddler Milton E. Bonner. Marsha Hunt (starred in Pride and Prejudice (1940), The Affairs of Martha, and Raw Deal and played Jennifer Peck on Peck's Bad Girl) plays his wife Gloria. Robert Vaughn (shown on the left, starred in Teenage Cave Man, The Magnificent Seven, The Towering Inferno, and Bullitt and played Capt. Ray Rambridge on The Lieutenant, Napoleon Solo on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Harry Rule on The Protectors, Harlan Adams on Emerald Point N.A.S., Gen. Hunt Stockwell on The A-Team, and Albert Stroller on Hustle) plays P.R. mogul Phillip Colerane. Bek Nelson (Dru Lemp on Lawman and Phyllis Sloan on Peyton Place) plays his wife. Max Showalter (appeared in Niagra, The Music Man, Dangerous Crossing, Indestructible Man, The Monster That Challenged the World, and How to Murder Your Wife and played Gus Clyde on The Stockard Channing Show) plays his employee Grady Boyle. James Maloney (Jim on 21 Beacon Street) plays another employee Ken Lightner. John Marley (starred in Cat Ballou, Love Story, and The Godfather) plays police Lt. Gene Marcus. Marion Ross (Nora on Life With Father, Susan Green on The Gertrude Berg Show, Marion Cunningham on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, Emily Heywod/Hayward on The Love Boat, Sophie Berger on Brooklyn Bridge, Beulah Carey on The Drew Carey Show, and the voice of Mrs. Lopart on Handy Manny) plays the wife of Bonner's shipping manager Laura Harding. Henry Corden (Carlo on The Count of Monte Cristo, and Babbitt on The Monkees and did voicework on The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, The Atom Ant Show, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, and Return to the Planet of the Apes) plays delivery man Harry Upson. Bartlett Robinson (Frank Caldwell on Mona McCluskey) plays newspaper editor Foster Fallon.
The Lawless Years) plays mobster William Norman. Bert Freed (appeared in The Atomic City, The Cobweb, and Paths of Glory and played Rufe Ryker on Shane) plays syndicate watchman Dave Reed. Richard Kiley (appeared in Pickup on South Street, Blackboard Jungle, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, and Patch Adams and played Joe Gardner on A Year in the Life and Jason DeWitt on The Great Defender) plays small-town D.A. Doug Crawford. Joan Taylor (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Rifleman) plays his wife Nancy. Tom Greenway (Sheriff Jack Bronson on State Trooper) plays local Sheriff Clayton. Jack Hogan (shown on the right, starred in The Bonnie Parker Story, Paratroop Command, and The Cat Burglar and played Kirby on Combat!, Sgt. Jerry Miller on Adam-12, Chief Ranger Jack Moore on Sierra, and Judge Smithwood on Jake and the Fatman) plays local hustler Gil Grand. Stafford Repp (Chief O'Hara on Batman) plays a bartender.
Perry Mason) plays his son Emil. Arlene Martel (shown on the left, played Tiger on Hogan's Heroes and Spock's Vulcan bride on Star Trek) plays their neighbor Anna Vargaray. Renata Vanni (appeared in Pay or Die!, A Patch of Blue, and Fatso and played Rose Brentano on That Girl) plays her mother. Sidney Blackmer (starred in Kismet (1930), Little Caesar, The Count of Monte Cristo, Heidi (1937), High Society, and Rosemary's Baby and played Dr. Morgan Granger on Ben Casey) plays state representative Joseph Callan. Charles Aidman (narrator on the 1985-87 version of The Twilight Zone) plays representative Mike Ballantine.
Season 1, Episode 19, "Murder by Proxy: Earl Klegg": Charles McGraw (appeared in The Killers, Blood on the Moon, The Narrow Margin, and Spartacus and played Mike Waring on The Adventures of Falcon) plays convicted felon Earl Klegg. Leonard Nimoy (shown on the right, played Mr. Spock on Star Trek, Paris on Mission: Impossible, and Dr. William Bell on Fringe) plays his hit-man Ralph Tomek. Lee Farr (Lt. Jim Conway on The Detectives and was married to actor Felicia Farr) plays state investigator Harvey Dakes. Noah Keen (Det. Lt. Carl Bone on Arrest and Trial) plays state prosecutor John Bernard. Fay Spain (starred in Dragstrip Girl, Al Capone, and The Gentle Rain) plays murder victim's fiance Enid Laslo. Gerald Hiken (cousin of Nat Hiken, appeared in Uncle Vanya, The Goddess, Invitation to a Gunfighter, and Reds, and played Katz the Butcher on Car 54 Where Are You?) plays trade association bookkeeper Vic Fell. Juanita Moore (starred in Ransom!, The Girl Can't Help It, Imitation of Life, and The Singing Nun) plays cleaning woman Beatrice George. Regis Toomey (starred in Alibi, Other Men's Women, The Finger Points, His Girl Friday, and The Big Sleep and played Joe Mulligan on The Mickey Rooney Show, Lt. Manny Waldo on Four Star Playhouse, Lt. McGough on Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Bill Cochran on Shannon, Det. Les Hart on Burke's Law, and Dr. Barton Stuart on Petticoat Junction and Green Acres) plays district Judge Thomas Otto. John Zaremba (Special Agent Jerry Dressler on I Led 3 Lives, Dr. Harold Jensen on Ben Casey, Admiral Hardesy on McHale's Navy, Dr. Raymond Swain on The Time Tunnel, and Dr, Harlem Danvers on Dallas) plays a prison warden.
The Dick Tracy Show) plays Adams' campaign manager Sam Palmer. Kathie Browne (Angie Dow on Hondo and was Darren McGavin's second wife) plays casino hostess Connie Agnew. Milton Selzer (Parker on Get Smart, Jake Winkelman on The Harvey Korman Show, Abe Werkfinder on The Famous Teddy Z, and Manny Henry on Valley of the Dolls) plays card dealer George Forbes. Alfred Shelly (Carney on The D.A.'s Man) plays a police deputy.
Season 1, Episode 22, "The New Order: Peter Long": Simon Oakland (shown on the right, starred in Psycho, West Side Story, and Follow That Dream and played Tony Vincenzo on Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Brig. Gen. Thomas Moore on Black Sheep Squadron, and Sgt. Abrams on David Cassidy - Man Undercover) plays ex-con muscle man Walter Hayes. Chris Robinson (Sgt. Sandy Komansky on 12 O'Clock High, Rick Webber on General Hospital, and Jack Hamilton on The Bold and the Beautiful) plays his son Jack. Jesse White (appeared in Harvey, Bedtime for Bonzo, The Bad Seed, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad,Mad World, and The Reluctant Astronaut and played Mickey Calhoun on Private Secretary, Jesse Leeds on Make Room for Daddy, and Oscar Pudney on The Ann Sothern Show) plays Walter's loan-shark partner Rudy. Lin McCarthy (starred in Yellowneck, The D.I., and Face of a Fugitive and played Bill Talbot on Modern Romances) plays Walter's replacement Peter Long. Jack Ging (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Tales of Wells Fargo) plays federal agent Steve Strohm. Norman Grabowski (appeared in Girls Town, College Confidential, Sex Kittens Go to College, Roustabout, The Monkey's Uncle, and The Towering Inferno and played Padowski on Hank) plays Jack's friend Milt Gray. Harry Swoger (Harry the bartender on The Big Valley) plays Walter's debtor Vulner. Anne Helm (Molly Pierce on Run for Your Life) plays his daughter Rita. Stephen Pearlman (Murray Zuckerman on Husbands, Wives & Lovers) plays bartender Eddy.
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays D.A. Kenneth Drake. Ned Glass (MSgt. Andy Pendleton on The Phil Silvers Show, Sol Cooper on Julia, and Uncle Moe Plotnick on Bridget Loves Bernie) plays courthouse food kiosk clerk Eddie.
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Grandpa Tarleton on Tammy, Briscoe Darling on The Andy Griffith Show, Buck Webb on The Doris Day Show, Mad Jack on The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, and Uncle Jesse on The Dukes of Hazzard) plays police chief Amos Trask.
The Untouchables) plays Las Vegas club owner Marcus Jackson. Zina Bethune (Robin Lang on Guiding Light, Gail Lucas on The Doctors and the Nurses, and Barbara Sterling on Love of Life) plays his daughter Lucinda. George Macready (Martin Peyton on Peyton Place) plays syndicate organizer James Harrison. Sammy Davis, Jr. ("The Greatest Living Entertainer" starred in Porgy and Bess, Ocean's 11, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Sweet Charity, The Cannonball Run, and Cannonball Run II) plays himself. Ric Marlow (wrote the lyrics to "A Taste of Honey") plays Harrison thug Pete. Cyril Delevanti (Lucious Coin on Jefferson Drum) plays Shannon's butler Simon.
Season 1, Episode 26, "Inside Track": Kent Smith (starred in Cat People, This Land Is Mine, Hitler's Children, Curse of the Cat People, Nora Prentiss, The Spiral Staircase, and The Fountainhead and played Dr. Robert Morton on Peyton Place and Edgar Scoville on The Invaders) plays race horse breeder Charles Dennis. Lloyd Bochner (Chief Inspector Neil Campbell on Hong Kong and Cecil Colby on Dynasty) plays his lobbyist William Hillier. Bernard Fein (Pvt Gomez on The Phil Silvers Show) plays rival race track owner Ben Kilrea. David Janssen (shown on the right, starred in To Hell and Back, Hell to Eternity, King of the Roaring '20's, The Green Berets, and The Shoes of the Fisherman and played Richard Diamond on Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Dr. Richard Kimble on The Fugitive, Jim O'Hara on O'Hara, U.S. Treasury, and Harry Orwell on Harry O) plays Kilrea lobbyist Dan Mullin. Bethel Leslie (appeared in 15 episodes of The Richard Boone Show and played Claudia Conner on All My Children and Ethel Crawford on One Life to Live) plays state representative Frances Olney. Robert F. Simon (Dave Tabak on Saints and Sinners, Gen. Alfred Terry on Custer, Frank Stephens on Bewitched, Uncle Everett McPherson on Nancy, Capt. Rudy Olsen on The Streets of San Francisco, and J. Jonah Jameson on The Amazing Spiderman) plays committee chairman Leonard Yates. George Kane (Link Morrison on Love of Life) plays committee member George Crawford. S. John Launer (Marshall Houts on The Court of Last Resort and the judge 33 times on Perry Mason) plays speaker of the house Goode.
My Three Sons, Dorothy "Dotty" West on Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Ellen Lane on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Ginger on 7th Heaven) plays lounge singer Jeanette. Bruce Dern (starred in The Wild Angels, Hang 'Em High, Support Your Local Sheriff!, Silent Running, Coming Home, and Nebraska and played E.J. Stocker on Stoney Burke and Frank Harlow on Big Love) plays Maychin's nephew Eddie Light. Ted Knight (Ted Baxter on Mary Tyler Moore, Roger Dennis on The Ted Knight Show, and Henry Rush on Too Close for Comfort) plays a detective. Queenie Leonard (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Hazel) plays Maychin's maid.
Brenner) plays police Captain Lemoyne.