The Name of the Game

Season 1 Episode 0

Fame Is The Name Of The Game

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Nov 26, 1966 on NBC
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Fame Is The Name Of The Game

Originally telecast as part of the NBC-TV "Project 120" series of made-for-TV movies. Tony Franciosa plays a magazine writer investigating the suicide of a beautiful girl. He uses the girl's address book as a key to piecing together the mystery of her self-destruction--and in so doing discovers that she'd actually been murdered.


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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • This marked the last-ever TV directing job of Stuart Rosenberg, who made his big-screen breakthrough with "Cool Hand Luke" the following year, and it was the first TV acting role for Susan Saint James, whose TV debut, on a Bob Hope special, preceded the first telecast of this TV movie by just ten days.

      • One of the earliest TV movies, and the first ever to serve as a sort of pilot film for a future series.

      • Nanette Fabray has her first TV movie role in this film. She was married to Ranald MacDougall, who wrote the script and produced.

      • In this TV movie, which precedes the series by two years, the part of "Glenn Howard" is conceived very differently from the suave Gene Barry character in the series; as played by George Macready, he is a much older man, which only a functional role as the hero's boss.

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    • NOTES (4)

      • This had a running time of approximately 100 minutes, making it longer than any of the regular series episodes.

      • It has been suggested that Carol Sobieski made an uncredited contribution to the script of this TV movie.

      • Like the 1949 Alan Ladd movie, this television film is adapted from Tiffany Thayer's best-selling 1933 novel, "One Woman".

      • Advertised as an "original" for television, Fame is the Name of the Game was actually a remake of the 1949 Alan Ladd melodrama Chicago Deadline, right down to the identity of the mystery killer.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Tiffany Thayer's original novel was possibly inspired by the mysterious death, in 1931, of a lady known by the exotic and probably false name of "Starr Faithfull". Her body was fished out of the river in New York, and her diaries and papers revealed to the police investigators that she had had a very busy sex-life, numbering some very prominent citizens amongst her lovers. Her death was registered as a suicide, and thus scandals were largely avoided, despite considerable press speculation.