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"The Name of the Game" Why I Blew Up Dakota (1970)

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Original Air Date:
4 December 1970 (Season 3, Episode 12)
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. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Robert Stack ... Dan Farrell

José Ferrer ... Benjamin Franklin Bristow

Carolyn Jones ... Lydia Mulholland

Clu Gulager ... Rex Dakota

Roddy McDowall ... Early McCorley

Susan Saint James ... Peggy Maxwell

Robert Lipton ... Billy Wizard
Richard Van Vleet ... Brian Cargill

Paul Stewart ... Stan Rubin
Mark Miller ... Ross Craig
Jill Banner ... Ginger Schermer
Miguel Ángel Landa ... Ralph Delgado (as Miguel Landa)

Judith McConnell ... Elaine (as Judy McConnell)
Fred Holliday ... Sherman Gross
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Delivery Boy (as William Benedict)

Leslie McRay ... Yolanda March
Vince Williams ... TV Newsman
Beverly Gill ... Neferiti
Bill Baldwin ... 1st Newsman
Roland Bob Harris ... 2nd Newsman (as Roland Harris)

Episode Crew
Directed by
John Newland 
Writing credits
Ken Trevey (written by)

Produced by
George Eckstein .... producer
Richard Irving .... executive producer
Robert F. O'Neill .... associate producer
Original Music by
Robert Prince (music score)
Cinematography by
Charles Straumer (director of photography) (as E. Charles Straumer)
Film Editing by
Buddy Small  (as Budd Small)
Art Direction by
Russell C. Forrest 
Set Decoration by
James Redd  (as James S. Redd)
Costume Design by
Grady Hunt 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ben Bishop .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christian I. Nyby II .... assistant director
Sound Department
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound
Budd Albright .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Dave Grusin .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Steven Bochco .... story editor

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

73 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Where the mystery is not who killed who but what is going on., 11 June 2008
Author: theowinthrop from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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