Playhouse 90: Season 3, Episode 1

The Plot to Kill Stalin (25 Sep. 1958)

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In late 1952, an aging and increasingly paranoid Stalin puts in motion a purge against his doctors, with antisemitic overtones. His lackeys,Khruschev, Molotov, Beria, etc. fear it will spread to the politburo, and plan to strike first.

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Poskrebyshev
Oskar Homolka ...
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Malenkov
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Mme. Molotov
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Shtemenko
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Sokolovsky
David J. Stewart ...
Ignatiev
Paul Bryar ...
Zhukhov
Paul Lambert ...
Rassine
Harry Davidson ...
Ryumin
Paul Maxwell ...
Recorder
Edwin Jerome ...
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In late 1952, an aging and increasingly paranoid Stalin puts in motion a purge against his doctors, with antisemitic overtones. His lackeys,Khruschev, Molotov, Beria, etc. fear it will spread to the politburo, and plan to strike first.

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The Soviet Government showed its displeasure at this production by shutting down the CBS News bureau in Moscow. From then on, other Western news bureaus in Moscow were circumspect in their reporting on the USSR. A few years later, they received word of an anti-Soviet uprising in a remote city. Not wanting to suffer the same fate as CBS, they sat on the story rather than incur the Kremlin's wrath. See more »

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Superb drama from the Golden Age of TV
2 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this as a teenager, when programs like "Playhouse 90" offered thoughtful entertainment that would go over the heads of the majority of the dolts who make up today's commercial TV audience.

The excellent cast -- and P-90 attracted some of the best actors in the industry -- was well-chosen.

The story of Stalin's death has long been the subject of much speculation. But it's widely believed that in 1953 Stalin was knocked out by a blackjack wielded by Beria, the head of the secret police and, through neglect,was allowed to die from a "stroke." Others believe that he suffered a stroke and was left to die without medical attention. The Red Butcher died just as he was about to purge Jewish doctors (the so-called doctors plot). Beria himself was executed later in 1953.

If my memory serves me, the Soviet government was outraged by the program that it either took or threatened revenge on the network that broadcast the it.

Perhaps someday, we'll see a release of the best of "Playhouse 90." Sadly, teenagers and people in their 30s are too ignorant to know and care about history.


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