The Name of the Game

Season 1 Episode 17

The Inquiry

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jan 17, 1968 on NBC
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The Inquiry

Glenn Howard is called before a Senate committee (whose members include his old enemy, Senator Collins) to answer charges that he stole a fortune in U.S. Army funds while serving with the OSS in Italy during World War II.

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  • Your past is showing...

    The scenes of the Senate Committee hearing are riveting, with a humdinger of a performance from Barry Sullivan as the articulately nasty Senator Collins; the unravelling of the story is quite intriguing, too, with a brief but telling performance from Fritz Weaver as a former Nazi who's done very nicely out of the German Economic Miracle; but the flashbacks to World War II are less compelling, mainly because Gene Barry looks exactly the same as he does in the present-day sequences. Twenty-five years is twenty-five years, after all, and there's no way Barry can look a callow youth, it seems. These scenes hold together chiefly because of Ray Danton's performance as a ruthless opportunist; but he, by contrast, is unconvincing in the modern scenes, where the passage of the years is represented by a five-day stubble on his chin and dyed eyebrows. A pity, but it's still an effective segment.moreless
Barry Sullivan

Barry Sullivan

Senator Creston Collins

Guest Star

Gia Scala

Gia Scala


Guest Star

Fritz Weaver

Fritz Weaver

Colonel Walter Scharz

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Jack Donner appears in the role of "Nate Pearson", legal adviser to Glenn Howard. In the episode "Island Of Gold And Precious Stones" in Season Two, this character would reappear, but with Mark Miller now taking the role.

    • The brief appearances of Mike Farrell and Woodrow Parfrey as reporters were uncredited.

    • Barry Sullivan would return in the role of "Senator Collins" in the "High Card" episode shown in the second series of this show.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Glenn Howard: I'm not sure what you want.
      Pietro Bertelli: I want what we all want. I want money and power and a good life, and I will be very unhappy if I do not die in bed at the age of 97, with my wife and my mistresses and my grandchildren all crying for me.

    • Walter Scharz: I realise, of course, all the pressure you can bring to bear with your publications. But I am not without friends, Mr. Howard - in very high places.

    • Senator Collins: Oh, I'm a patient man. I'll see you around some time.
      Glenn Howard: You can be sure of that.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The O.S.S. (Office of Strategic Services) was the intelligence and espionage division of the American armed forces in World War II, commanded by Admiral William Donovan. At the end of the war, it was converted into the Central Intelligence Agency.