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They Call It Murder

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(NBC, 12/17/1971, 120 mins). Erle Stanley Gardner’s small town district attorney, Doug Selby, came to TV in this pilot that has him investigating a swimming pool murder of a gambler, a questionable car crash and a huge insurance claim. Jim Hutton was more successful subsequently in bringing another fictional detective, Ellery Queen, to television. This pilot to a prospective Doug Selby series was filmed in 1969, and was adapted from Gardner’s 1939 mystery novel “The DA Draws a Circle.”

Production Companies Twentieth Century Fox Television, Paisano Productions Inc. Director Walter Grauman. Executive Producer Cornwell Jackson. Producer Walter Grauman. Teleplay Sam H. Rolfe. Based on a Novel by Erle Stanley Gardner. Photography Jack Woolf. Music Robert Drasnin. Editors Michael Economou, Neil Travis. Art Directors Jack Martin Smith, Phil Barber. Associate Producer William Kayden.

Cast Jim Hutton (Doug Selby), Lloyd Bochner (A.B. Carr), Jessica Walter (Jane Antrim), Leslie Nielsen (Frank Antrim), Jo Ann Pflug (Sylvia Martin), Nita Talbot (Rona Corbin), Carmen Mathews (Doris Kane), Robert J. Wilke (Sheriff Rex Brandon), Edward Asner (Chief Otto Larkin), Bill Elliott (Deputy Bob Terry), Miriam Colon (Anita Nogales), Vic Tayback (Jeffrey Poland), Harry Townes (Dr. Garrett), Michael Pataki (Pete Cardiff), Vaughn Taylor (Dr. Harry Maxwell), Normann Burton (Movie director), Helen Kleeb (Ellen Saxe), Val DeVargas (Alex Cordoba), Buck Young (Charlie), Dan White (Judge Farraday), Dina Harmsen (Wardrobe woman).

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