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The Name of the Game 

This groundbreaking series had three rotating stars, who were featured in independent episodes tied together by a loose common theme. The commonality was Howard Publications, the self-made ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Gene Barry ...  Glenn Howard / ... 41 episodes, 1968-1971
Susan Saint James ...  Peggy Maxwell 34 episodes, 1968-1971
Robert Stack ...  Dan Farrell 26 episodes, 1968-1971
Anthony Franciosa ...  Jeff Dillon 17 episodes, 1968-1970
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This groundbreaking series had three rotating stars, who were featured in independent episodes tied together by a loose common theme. The commonality was Howard Publications, the self-made publishing empire of Glenn Howard. Episodes featuring Howard focused on his business and political confrontations and his flamboyant lifestyles. Other episodes featured Jeff Dillon, a crusading investigative reporter, or Dan Farrell. Farrell was a retired FBI agent who used his position as the editor of "Crime Magazine" to wage a literary war against organized crime. The series had several semi-regulars who were featured in one or more of the plot threads, including editorial assistant Peggy Maxwell, and junior reporters Joe Sample, Andy Hill and Ross Craig. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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What is the name of the game? Excitement! The stars are Gene Barry, Tony Franciosa and Robert Stack. (season 2)

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1970 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

De regels van het spel See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(76 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Franciosa was fired during the show's third season. Instead of being replaced by one actor, he was replaced by a series of actors filling in on his rotation, including Robert Culp twice appearing as reporter Paul Tyler. Peter Falk as reporter Lewis Corbett, and Robert Wagner as reporter Dave Corey, each were billed as 'Guest Starring in...'. Earlier in Season Two, both Darren McGavin (as freelance newsman Sam Hardy in The Name of the Game: Goodbye Harry (1969)), and Vera Miles (as reporter Hilary Vanderman in The Name of the Game: Man of the People (1970)), took guest starring roles (both put under the Gene Barry segment, as he made cameo appearances in each). See more »


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The Name of The Game Theme
by Dave Grusin
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In A Class By Itself
2 August 2002 | by dhines5703See all my reviews

This series to me was in a class by itself. The stories were first-rate and the stars were very charming and sophisticated. I always did admire Gene Barry as an actor and his work in this series made me a lifelong fan. I loved the clothes that he wore on the show and hence have tried to emulate his sophisticated style ever since. I feel that there were very few actors at that time other than Craig Stevens and Robert Wagner that had the same aura and screen presence. I also greatly enjoyed the episodes that Tony Franciosa and Robert Stack headlined. This series had the feel of a theatrical motion picture and one could tell that big bucks were being spent to produce it. I have some episodes on tape and still think that they hold up very well as compared to dramatic television today. Like the old saying goes; "They don't make 'em like that anymore".


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