Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
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The Machine That Played God 

A seemingly happy married couple have a fatal car crash. The husband dies and the surviving wife is suspected by the police of intentionally causing the accident. She tries to "prove" her ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Robert Guy Barrows (teleplay), Judith Barrows (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Francis ... Peggy Merritt
Gary Merrill ... Mark Jordan
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Blanchard
Malachi Throne ... L. J. West
Edmon Ryan ... Dr. Davis
Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Pike
Tol Avery ... 3rd Judge
Robert Brubaker ... 2nd Detective
William Boyett ... 1st Detective
Dan Frazer ... Mr. Chilton
Davis Roberts ... Police Polygraph Expert
Herb Armstrong ... Doctor
Peter Adams Peter Adams ... Mike Merritt
William Kendis ... Phillip Conyers (as Bill Kendis)
Charles Alvin Bell Charles Alvin Bell ... 1st Judge (as C. Alvin Bell)
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Storyline

A seemingly happy married couple have a fatal car crash. The husband dies and the surviving wife is suspected by the police of intentionally causing the accident. She tries to "prove" her innocence by taking two polygraph tests. The results confuse her and she comes to believe the "lie detector machines" know the real truth. Written by dubchi

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polygraph | lie detector | See All (2) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Roncom Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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5 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the episode begins, Peggy Merritt (Anne Francis) is driving her husband in their car. Unexpectedly, she enters the highway the wrong direction and soon there is a fatal accident. Her husband has been killed and she's about to be charged with either vehicular homicide, manslaughter or murder! Soon, she seems to be fighting EVERYONE...including her mother-in-law. So, in response to no one believing it was an accident, she decides to have a lie detector test run on her. It says she's a liar! So, she goes out to get another...and what is next is something you'll have to find out for yourself.

This is an okay episode but suffers from two problems. The ending is vague and the episode just isn't all that interesting. The acting isn't bad...just a weak plot that didn't particularly arouse my interest.


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