Kraft Suspense Theatre: Season 1, Episode 21

Once Upon a Savage Night (2 Apr. 1964)

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Police authorities in Chicago are seeking serial killer "Georgie Porgie." His M.O. is to murder blondes with a "cheap" reputation. He was thought to have "gone south for the winter" after a... See full summary »

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Harry Brockman
Robert Ridgely ...
Dan McVeay
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Carl Lombardo
Philip Abbott ...
Myron Ellis
Barbara Turner ...
Hildegarde
Charlene Lee ...
Wynnette
Douglas A. Alleman ...
Ralph
Arlene Kieta ...
The Blond
John A. Alonzo ...
Officer Miller
Robert H. Harris ...
Officer Newman (as Robert Harris)
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Mary Frann ...
Annette
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Police authorities in Chicago are seeking serial killer "Georgie Porgie." His M.O. is to murder blondes with a "cheap" reputation. He was thought to have "gone south for the winter" after a killing in Tennessee. But he has returned to Chicago and kills a woman in the middle of a strip club. Georgie Porgie is somewhere on the Illinois Tollway. However, the manhunt is complicated by a missile convoy moving through the Chicago area. Written by Bill Koenig

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A very odd episode of the old Kraft TV show, with young director Robert Altman shooting almost completely on real locations (such as a diner and a highway toll plaza), resulting in a gritty feel with uncorrected sound. It plays more like a documentary than a drama, and employs many non-actors as extras. A serial killer is on the loose in Chicago and leads the bulls on a merry chase. Charles McGraw plays a gruff police captain always one step behind the maniac. I understand this was a pilot for a series that never was. Takes getting used to, and unfortunately, it goes on way too long. Rarely seen, which frankly is understandable. Altman is a Hollywood maverick most of whose films have never been seen by the majority of Americans. Actors, however, adore him. Go figure.


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