The Name of the Game

Season 2 Episode 17

The Takeover

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jan 23, 1970 on NBC

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  • The not-so-ugly American?

    This is a thoroughly silly episode, and, in the era of Vietnam, the naivete of its politics may have seemed depressing, if not offensive. It all happens in a fictitious state in South-East Asia - "Bhasa", would you believe? - where a military coup has dislodged a head of state who has, like all the money in the Treasury, disappeared. Needless to say, this chap, having been backed by the US, turns out to be a right guy in the end (bit of a playboy, nothing worse) and these military men - who might turn to an un-named Eastern European power for support if the Americans don't play ball - are shown to be utterly corrupt, and the State Department couldn't have that, could it? These mysterious Asians are chiefly played by actors variously Hispanic or Jewish, with players of actually Oriental origins confined to bit parts. However, there's a knockout performance by Gloria Grahame as an ill-fated woman of mystery, David Opatoshu has gravitas to spare in the tricky role of a monk described as "the new Gandhi" and Anne Baxter, playing the same character she played in Season One's "The Protector", is lots of fun in a ridiculous red wig.