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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 »

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

Ranald MacDougall (teleplay), Tiffany Thayer (novel)
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Cast

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
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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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Drama

Certificate:

Approved
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Trivia

Tiffany Thayer's novel had been published in 1933, and was the basis of an Alan Ladd film of 1949, "Chicago Deadline". The plot was clearly inspired by the case of "Starr Faithfull" (not her real name), a "model" who was fished out of the East River in New York in the 1920s and presumed to have committed suicide. After the discovery of an address-book with a lot of famous names in it, whispers went around that she was actually a call-girl who had been blackmailing some of her high-profile clients, and that she had actually been murdered. Nothing was ever proved, however. See more »

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Followed by 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conoscete Ellen Bowen? See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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