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Fame Is the Name of the Game

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(NBC, 11/26/1966, 120 mins). In this TV remake of the 1949 Alan Ladd movie “Chicago Deadline,” based on Tiffany Thayer’s 1943 novel “One Woman,” a brash bigtime investigative reporter, looking into the death of a call girl, uncovers her diary and tries to find her killer among the names contained in it. Anthony Franciosa subsequently shared star billing (on a rotating basis) with Gene Barry and Robert Stack in the weekly series based on this film, “The Name of the Game” (1968-71), in which Susan Saint James, “introduced” here, also was a regular. Former musical comedy star Nanette Fabray did a rare acting part in this movie, which was written and produced by her husband.

Production Company Universal Television. Director Stuart Rosenberg. Producer Ranald MacDougall. Teleplay Ranald MacDougall. Based on a Novel by Tiffany Thayer. Photography John F. Warren. Music Benny Carter. Music Supervisor Stanley Wilson. Editor Edward W. Williams. Art Director John J. Lloyd.

Cast Anthony Franciosa (Jeff Dillon), Jill St. John (Leona), Jack Klugman (Ben Welcome), George Macready (Glen Howard), Jack Weston (Griffin), Susan Saint James (Peggy Maxwell), Lee Bowman (Cruikshank), Melodie Johnson (Belle), Robert Duvall (Eddie), Nanette Fabray (Pat), Jay C. Flippen (Dizzy), Nicholas Colasanto (Detective), Ena Hartman (Marsha Davenport), John Hoyt (Larkin), George Furth, John Francis.

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