The Name of the Game: Season 2, Episode 24

Jenny Wilde Is Drowning (27 Mar. 1970)

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Jeff Dillon tries to help aspiring actress Jenny Wilde in her career, but after a failed audition she appears to become suicidal repeatedly phoning a Disc Jockey's show, can Dillon dissuade her?

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Jeff Dillon (as Tony Franciosa)
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Jennifer 'Jenny' Wilde
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Billy Howell
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Shelly Novack ...
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Ann Prentiss ...
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Jeff Dillon tries to help aspiring actress Jenny Wilde in her career, but after a failed audition she appears to become suicidal repeatedly phoning a Disc Jockey's show, can Dillon dissuade her?

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All the world's a stage....?
10 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Spoiler Alert !

A 'Tony Franciosa' Segment Episode

English Hollywood hopeful actress Jenny Wilde (Pamela Franklin) meets 'People' Magazine's Star Investigative reporter Jeff Dillon (Tony Franciosa) in a club and attempts to get him to further her career.....

Dillon is initially uninterested but then decides to run a story on the plight of the 'would be' stars, with a particular emphasis on those who don't make it big....

Jeff Dillon is friendly with Radio Disc Jockey Billy Howell (Frank Gorshin - of 'Batman' fame as 'The Riddler'), Howell uses his Radio show to help young actors.

Dillon saves Jenny from the clutches of an 'Adult' movie producer, and gets her a trial for a 'proper' acting role on TV which she fails to obtain due to her nervousness and inexperience...

Howell then contacts Dillon as Jenny has rung his Radio show threatening to commit suicide as the countdown to her birthday nears....Dillon takes over at the Radio station to try to talk Jenny out of her decision...she repeatedly phones him, and at the end appears to have taken an overdose....

MAJOR SPOILER !!

...when in fact all the while it's ALL been a big act...just to gain her instant publicity, a massive radio audience, and as a bemused Dillon observes, no doubt the acting job offers will then come flooding in for her...

In the final twist, as a disbelieving Dillon leaves the Radio station...a young unknown 'wanna be' actress steps forward from out of the shadows , she hands him a bottle of sleeping tablets she HAD intended taking that night...only because of her listening to Jeff Dillon's attempts on the radio to talk Jenny Wilde out of committing suicide, the young girl duly changed her mind and decided it was better to live after all...

Jeff Dillon thus HAD saved a girl's life that night...

A strong guest cast, plus Susan Saint James regular supporting character 'Peggy Maxwell' make this an engrossing episode, possibly influenced by the famous 'Peg Entwistle' (also a British girl who came from Wales) Hollywood suicide case...the girl who jumped off the big 'H' letter in the 'Hollywood' sign on the hillside.

This episode also depicts the power of live Radio 'phone in' shows.


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