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"The Name of the Game" The White Birch (1968)

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Original Air Date:
29 November 1968 (Season 1, Episode 11)
August, 1968: As the Russian tanks roll into Czechoslovakia, Glenn Howard has a chance to smuggle out the manuscript of a new book which is "political dynamite". | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Gene Barry ... Glenn Howard

Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Emilio Fazio

Pete Duel ... Chernin (as Peter Deuel)

Bethel Leslie ... Miss Haggblad

Roddy McDowall ... Philip Saxon

Susan Oliver ... Tatiana Czaleynokis

Boris Karloff ... Mikhail Orlov

Susan Saint James ... Peggy Maxwell

Richard Jaeckel ... Malchek

Louise Sorel ... Marie Fazio

Lilia Skala ... Madame Orlov
Malila Saint Duval ... Hedrika Heldjob

Robert Wolders ... Dubrek

Episode Crew
Directed by
Lamont Johnson 
Writing credits
Dean Hargrove (teleplay) and
Luther Davis (teleplay)

Robert Soderberg (story)

Produced by
Dean Hargrove .... associate producer
Richard Irving .... producer
Original Music by
Oliver Nelson 
Cinematography by
Walter Strenge (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Watts 
Art Direction by
Robert MacKichan 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
Joseph J. Stone  (as Joseph Stone)
Costume Design by
Grady Hunt 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Donald L. Gold .... unit manager (as Don Gold)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester Wm. Berke .... assistant director (as Les Berke)
Art Levinson .... second assistant director
Sound Department
David H. Moriarty .... sound
Budd Albright .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Robert Brower .... color coordinator
Music Department
Dave Grusin .... composer: theme music
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor

Series Crew
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Cinematography by
Merrill S. Brody (multiple episodes)
Film Editing by
John Elias 
Robert K. Richard 
George Orrison .... stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunts
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Additional Details

75 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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The final performance of Boris Karloff, broadcast November 30 1968, two months before his death on February 2 1969.See more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The great Karloff's final performance, 15 October 2008
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

After a stint in Hollywood during the spring completing his scenes in 4 Mexican features, Boris Karloff spent his final summer relaxing until 3 television appearances loomed in the fall. Comedy stints for Red Skelton and Jonathan Winters were followed by a brief dramatic role in the 11th episode of Gene Barry's "The Name of the Game," entitled "The White Birch." As Mikhail Orlov, Boris is first seen in a wheelchair, hands shaking, the apparent victim of a stroke. When we, and star Gene Barry, next see Karloff, he rises from a chair with surprising ease to implore Barry to take with him Orlov's memoir of life behind the Iron Curtain, "The White Birch," now disguised as a volume of Twain's "Tom Sawyer." A convinced Barry departs, leaving Boris behind in the wheelchair, repeating his prior charade. Our initial apprehension upon the sight of Boris Karloff's ailing appearance evaporates when we next see his smiling, reassuring countenance, revealing no loss of ability as we bid the actor a fond farewell after 50 years on screen. This episode was broadcast on Nov 29 1968, whereupon Boris traveled back to England, where he died in a Midhurst Sussex hospital on Feb 2 1969.

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