Great Performances: Season 5, Episode 7

Secret Service (12 Jan. 1977)

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Set in Richmond, Virginia in October 1864, tells the story of a Union spy working to seize control of the telegraph office.



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Episode credited cast:
Lenny Baker ...
Henry Dumont
Frederick Coffin ...
Mrs. Varney
Cpl. Matson
Caroline Mitford
Sgt. Wilson
Capt. Thorne
Arthur Miller ...
Messenger B
Moultrie Patten ...
Cavalry orderly
Jonathan Penzner ...
Lt. Allison
Roy Poole ...
Maj. Gen. Randolph
Rex Robbins ...
Lt. Foray
Messenger A


Set in Richmond, Virginia on an evening in October 1864, tells the story of a Union spy working to seize control of the telegraph office by posing as the wounded Confederate Captain Thorne. The spy's false orders raise the suspicions of a southern agent, who uses a local girl in love with Thorne to set a trap. Written by

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12 January 1977 (USA)  »

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This revival of the drama played on Broadway in 1976, before coming to television. See more »


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Excellent suspense movie
3 July 2002 | by (Alpharetta, GA) – See all my reviews

This made for TV movie shows what public TV can provide. An excellent cast (I believe most of them were part of a New York City theater company at the time) included John Lithgow, Meryl Streep, Mary Beth Hurt and others. The plot is compelling and very suspenseful.

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