An unsold pilot for a game where four panelists in a set roughly resembling a court room sit opposite four suspects. They watch a film that runs about ten minutes showing a murder story. ... See full summary »

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Jay Adler ...
Mr. Lowe
Arthur Batanides ...
Kazam
Linda Bennett ...
Lois
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Arnold Martin (as James Callahan)
Frederic Downs ...
Sid
Isobel Elsom ...
Selena Ruysdael
Kathryn Givney ...
Martha Collins
Vinton Hayworth ...
Roy Nesbit
Jack Linkletter ...
Himself
Joe Maross ...
Penfield
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Himself
Warrene Ott ...
Warrene Ott--Bailiff
Stanley Ralph Ross ...
Himself
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Herself
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An unsold pilot for a game where four panelists in a set roughly resembling a court room sit opposite four suspects. They watch a film that runs about ten minutes showing a murder story. They evaluate it and cross examine the characters from the film. If one of them guesses the perpetrator from the clues offered, and beats the one panelist who's a professional detective, a monetary prize is given. Written by WesternOne

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seance | con game | crystal ball | See All (3) »

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Game-Show | Mystery

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1963 (USA)  »

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Groucho hijacks pilot.
7 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

The real problem with this unsold pilot is not so much it's premise, but it's got a personality problem. It might be a bit flat, but it might work well enough except for Groucho's appearance on the panel.

I state here that I'm a longtime fan of Mr. Marx, but he is too much for this program's brittle format.

The tepid little murder mystery had a chance, but only if one takes it seriously, made even harder when the performers who acted in the film musts sustain their persona's with enough intensity to answer unscripted questions AS the fairly cipherous characters assigned to them.It requires focused attention and concentration to work.

Groucho takes nothing seriously. He asks fresh questions of the girl, talks about the prize money, imagines himself in some plot elements, etc. And more or less tells everyone how silly and undeserving of your attention it all is. and so he utterly torpedoes the show.


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