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The Name of the Game 

This groundbreaking series had 3 rotating stars, who were featured in independent episodes tied together by a loose common theme; Howard Publications, the publishing empire of Glenn Howard.... See full summary »
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1971   1970   1969   1968  
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 36 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 3 rotating stars, who were featured in independent episodes tied together by a loose common theme; Howard Publications, the 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, Dan Farrell, 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, 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Audacia es el juego See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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 »

Connections

Featured in Steven Spielberg and the Small Screen (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Name of The Game Theme
by Dave Grusin
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A topical weekly mystery movie, that revolved its stars under the umbrella title, The Name of the Game.
16 December 2005 | by urposteriorSee all my reviews

Here's a great series that really should be released on DVD. Each 90 minute episode was a self-contained movie with one of three stars: Gene Barry played Glenn Howard, the self- made man who built his publishing empire from the ground up; Robert Stack played Dan Farrell, an ex-FBI agent who became the editor of "Crime" Magazine to better pursue and expose criminals; and Tony Franciosa as Jeff Dillon, who played the impetuous reporter for "People" Magazine (yes, and this was way before the actual "People" Magazine we now know). Many now well-known directors shot these episodes, including Steven Spielberg. And Billy Goldenberg's score for each show was always melodic and cutting edge. Hey Universal Home Video, PLEASE release a boxed DVD set of this series! As one of the first (if not THE first) rotating series of shows, it was both groundbreaking and entertaining. It should be enjoyed by a new generation of viewers... THANK YOU!


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