The Name of the Game

A Hard Case of the Blues

Season 2, Ep 2, Aired 9/26/69
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  • Episode Description
  • Blues singer Jessie Boone's business manager has just died under mysterious circumstances. He swindled Jessie out of $200,000, but she couldn't care less, it seems - and Dan Farrell wants to know why.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sal Mineo

    Sheldon

  • Robert Stack

    Dan Farrell

  • Keenan Wynn

    Lester

  • Sharon Farrell

    Jessie Boone

  • Russ Tamblyn

    John Earl

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Nothing dangerous here...

    By orswel, Mar 16, 2014

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Jessie Boone: Why don't you go clean up your own sandbox before you start messing around in mine?

    • Winston Polk: Miss Boone can't talk to you right now.
      Dan Farrell: Can't she speak for herself?
      Jessie Boone: [sarcastically]: Miss Boone can't speak to you right now.
      Dan Farrell: [to Polk]: Very good.Your lips didn't move at all.

    • Jessie Boone: Marvin was sort of an uptight cat. I mean, he got hung up if anyone disagreed with him.

    • Jessie Boone: [to Winston Polk]: Oh, you're really smart. How come you're not smart enough to get me out of this, huh?

    Notes (1)

    • This was amongst the most highly acclaimed episodes of The Name of the Game.

    Trivia (2)

    • Percy Rodrigues - whose surname is correctly spelled on the credits  and not as "Rodriguez", as it so often was - makes the first of his series appearances as Dan Farrell's police friend Paul Reston in this episode. He was also seen in "The Battle At Gannon's Bridge" in Season Three.

    • The hard-living singer played by Sharon Farrell is clearly based on the real-life singer Janis Joplin, then at the height of her fame. Reportedly, Joplin herself was approached to play the role, but the producers eventually decided against it. (Joplin's self-destructive lifestyle was well-known, like her unpredictable behavior and sometimes aggressive manner; a year and eight days after this episode was first aired, she died of a heroin overdose, aged only 27.)

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