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Robert Bloch (mystery script)
William Castle (creator)
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1963 (USA) See more »
An unsold pilot for a game where four panelists in a set roughly resembling a court room sit opposite four suspects... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Jay Adler ... Mr. Lowe
Arthur Batanides ... Kazam
Linda Bennett ... Lois

James T. Callahan ... 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

Groucho Marx ... Himself
Warrene Ott ... Warrene Ott--Bailiff
Stanley Ralph Ross ... Himself

Jan Sterling ... Herself

Directed by
Robert Dwan (game director)
William D. Russell (mystery director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Bloch  mystery script
William Castle  creator

Produced by
Harry Ackerman .... executive producer
Marilyn Moore .... associate producer (game)
Cinematography by
Frederick Gately 
Film Editing by
Gerard Wilson  (as Gerald J. Wilson)
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
Ross Bellah 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor (mystery)
Production Management
Seymour Friedman .... production supervisor
Lawrence Werner .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Win Opie .... assistant director: game
Herb Wallerstein .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bud Lindquist .... game sound director
James Nelson .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Del Jack .... lighting director
Music Department
Irving Friedman .... music supervisor
Igo Kantor .... music editor
Other crew
Ray Conners .... technical director
Carl Hanseman .... video
Bernie Smith .... game producer

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30 min
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Groucho hijacks pilot., 7 October 2015
Author: westernone

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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