The Name of the Game

Season 2 Episode 16

Island of Gold and Precious Stones

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jan 16, 1970 on NBC
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Island of Gold and Precious Stones
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A recently-deceased millionaire's fortune seems to have evaporated, and reporter Jeff Dillon wants to find out why. With researcher Peggy Maxwell, he checks out the dead man's family and acquaintances. Why did so powerful and influential a man retire completely from public life as soon as America entered World War II?

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  • Where did the money go?

    7.5
    There was a really intriguing idea behind this episode, but British scriptwriter Anthony Skene seems to have had real difficulty in deciding on the tone of the piece, as if he didn't really believe in the strength of his own story. The discovery that a newly-deceased multi-millionaire - once a king-maker in the land, a mover and shaker on the highest international planes - had very little money left, decades after an abrupt departure from public life, leads Dillon and Peggy down all kinds of byways, some of them dangerous, more of them comic, and involves them with a lot of briefly-seen guest stars, mostly playing eccentrics. Yet the resolution of the mystery (which one may guess rather earlier than our hero and heroine do) is a deeply serious one and involve issues of considerable continuing relevance; the characters played by Edward Everett Horton, Estelle Winwood and Rudy Vallee are altogether sinister and reprehensible, and not the "Burke's Law" oddballs they're played as. The epilogue to the mystery, in turn, is presented simply as a sentimental feel-good wrap-up. The result is an always-interesting segment which is never as good as one would like it to be.moreless

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    • Mark Miller appears as "Nate Pearson", a legal adviser to Howard Publications who also appeared as a character in "The Inquiry", an episode in Season One. In that episode, however, he was played by Jack Donner. Curiously, "Nate Pearson" is a more or less identical character to "Ross Craig", the lawyer whom Mark Miller plays in several episodes of Season Three.

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