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Fame Is the Name of the Game (1966)

Approved | | Drama | TV Movie 26 November 1966
An investigative reporter looks into the murder of a call girl. His investigation unearths her diary, with the names of many prominent people in it. He sets out to find her killer from ... See full summary »


Stuart Rosenberg


Ranald MacDougall (teleplay), Tiffany Thayer (novel)
1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Franciosa ... Jeff Dillon
Jill St. John ... Leona Purdy
Jack Klugman ... Ben Welcome
George Macready ... Glenn Howard
Jack Weston ... Griffin
Lee Bowman ... Cruikshank
Robert Duvall ... Eddie Franchot
Nanette Fabray ... Pat
Jay C. Flippen ... Dizzy Shaner
George Furth ... Morgue Attendant
Melodie Johnson ... Belle
Susan Saint James ... Peggy Chan
Nicholas Colasanto ... Detective
Ena Hartman Ena Hartman ... Marcia Davenport
John Hoyt ... Larkin


An investigative reporter looks into the murder of a call girl. His investigation unearths her diary, with the names of many prominent people in it. He sets out to find her killer from among the names contained in it. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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26 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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Ensi-ilta: Kiristysleikki See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Produced by Universal for NBC, the same entities that pioneered the made-for-television movie (with See How They Run (1964), the first full-length film produced especially for television), this movie was the first television movie produced as a pilot that was picked up for a regular series (becoming The Name of the Game (1968)). See more »


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Good detective story
7 February 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

Tony Franciosa plays here in HARPER - Paul Newman - mode in this solid TV detective yarn. Typical of the sixties, with the jazzy sweet atmosphere. Don't get a headache to fully understand the story, as many private eyes tales. Focus instead on performances and - I know I repeat - the atmosphere. Looks like a CHICAGO DEADLINE remake, with so many supporting but all known actors with the likes of Jay C Flippen, George MacReady, Nicolas Colosanto, Robert Duvall...I am surprised that no one has commented it yet. Maybe it is hard to find. actually Tony Franciosa is a reporter here, instead a gumshoe, but what's the difference?

One good Stuart Rosenberg early piece of work. Good performances and good cast too.

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