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Kill Me If You Can

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(NBC, 9/25/1977, 120 mins). A fact based drama, written by prolific John Gay, about Caryl Chessman, California’s notorious “red light bandit” who was captured in 1948 and spent 12 years on death row in San Quentin before his execution in May 1960. Alan Alda’s performance as Chessman earned him an Emmy Award nomination.

Production Companies Columbia Pictures Television, NBC Productions. Director Buzz Kulik. Producer Peter Katz. Teleplay John Gay. Photography Gerald Perry Finnerman. Music Bill Conti. Editor Les Green. Art Directors Carl Brauner, Ross Bellah.

Cast Alan Alda (Caryl W. Chessman), Talia Shire (Rosalie Asher), John Hillerman (George Davis), Barnard Hughes (Judge Fricke), Virginia Kiser (Virginia Gibbons), Edward Mallory (Warden Teets), Walter McGinn (J. Miller Leavy), Ben Piazza (Bill Edmunds), John Randolph (Judge Lewis Goodman), John P. Ryan (Warden Dickson), Maxine Stewart (Mrs. Asher), Rose Mortillo (Sara Loper), Herb Vigran (Hart/jury foreman), Brian Byers (Harris), James B. Sikking (Mr. Lea), George Sperdakis (Court clerk), Joe E. Tata (Kelton), M.P. Murphy (Sergeant Grant), James Keach (1st officer), Carmen Argenziano (Lieutenant), Conrad Bachmann (Warden), Arnold Soboloff (Dr. Graves), James E. Brodhead (Judge Carter), Bill Morey (Judge Rexford), William Bogert (Henry Silvers), Tony Burton (Ben Price), Jack Schultz (Redlight bandit), Philip Baker Hall (Phillips), Ann D’Andrea (Mrs. Lopez), Tom Greenaway (Mr. Perry), F. William Parker (Judge), Sari Price (Irene), Donald Bishop (Reporter), Mwako Cumbuka, Joe Linton, Vivian Brown, Loutz Gage, Anne Bellamy, Rori Gwynne, Jason Johnson, Vincent Lucchesi, Jim Henaghan, Mary Margaret Amato, Leonard Simon, Paul Napier, Richard Smedley, James Malinda, Gil Stuart, Mark Regis, Clint Young, Tom Tarpey, Danny Dayton, Billy Jackson, Patrick Hawley, Charles Picerni, Gary Epper.

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