The Name of the Game: Season 3, Episode 12

Why I Blew Up Dakota (4 Dec. 1970)

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Early McCorley is on trial for the murder of an artist, one much more famous and successful than himself. Dan Farrell probes if he really as deranged as people think.

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Benjamin Franklin Bristow
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Lydia Mulholland
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Rex Dakota
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Early McCorley
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Billy Wizard
Richard Van Vleet ...
Brian Cargill
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Stan Rubin
Mark Miller ...
Ross Craig
Jill Banner ...
Ginger Schermer
Miguel Ángel Landa ...
Ralph Delgado (as Miguel Landa)
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Elaine (as Judy McConnell)
Fred Holliday ...
Sherman Gross
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Delivery Boy (as William Benedict)
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Early McCorley is on trial for the murder of an artist, one much more famous and successful than himself. Dan Farrell probes if he really as deranged as people think.

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Where the mystery is not who killed who but what is going on.
11 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tony Franciosa had been one of the stars of THE NAME OF THE GAME as the investigative reporter, but in 1970 he was fired from the series. His role went to a series of actors as other reporters for the magazine owned by Gene Barry and edited by Robert Stack. Here it was Clu Gallagher. He is assigned to an article involving the current murder trial of an artist named Early McCorley (Roddy McDowall) who murdered Dakota, a famous artist who McCorley had a grudge (possibly due to mental illness) against. Defending McCorley is a nationally famous attorney named Benjamin Franklin Bristow (Jose Ferrer). Flamboyant and masterly in court, it would seem that McCorley has a first rate defense in the making here.

But Gallagher soon has reason to question this immediate reaction. He is noticing that for a brilliant attorney, Bristow is making too many risky and odd maneuvers in his courtroom work. Instead of insisting on the obvious (an insanity plea), Bristow is making it a case about the artist and society and statements. McCorley is not impressed when the reporter approaches him about his doubts - to the defendant the attorney cannot do wrong. Yet there just is something missing. A visit to Bristow's expensive mansion begins to suggest what it is.

This episode of NAME OF THE GAME was actually rather off-beat. Roddy McDowall had played so many madmen and villains the viewer was lulled into a sense of accepting what was going on as normal for Roddy's character. And Ferrer gave one of his typically smooth and seemingly normal characterizations as well (by the way, his name - for what it's worth - is the same as a once well known Secretary of the Treasury reformer who sought the Republican Presidential nomination in 1876). Ferrer can be very tricky, and his clear, intelligent voice can hide this for a long time. Everything he says seems so straightforward. It is just the atmosphere around him that finally tips off what is going on to Gallagher as the episode concludes. All I will add is that the episode explodes in the conclusion, and one ends sympathizing with a person you never imagined you would.


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