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Pack of Lies (1987)

London in the early 1960s. The life of a couple is upset by the coming of a British Secret Service agent who moves in across the street.



(play), (teleplay) (as Ralph Gallup)

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Barbara Jackson
... Helen Schaefer
... Julie Jackson
Ronald Hines ... Bob Jackson
... Ellis
... Peter Schaefer
... Stewart
Peter Schofield ... Powell
David Corti ... Malcolm
Margot Leicester ... Thelma
Jackie Downey ... Sally
Peter Hughes ... Club Manager
Bruce Morrison ... Club Waiter
Tim Barker ... Telephone Man
Alan Renwick ... Vegetable Truck Man


London in the early 1960s. The life of a couple is upset by the coming of a British Secret Service agent who moves in across the street.

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Release Date:

26 April 1987 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Pack of Lies (#36.3)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The plot is based on the real-life story of the arrest of Peter Kroger and his wife in the 1950s. They were a Canadian couple living in the London suburbs who were revealed as having spied for Russia for many years. Their arrest and trial, along with those of other spies, caused a sensation in Britain at that time. See more »


Barbara Jackson: [after overhearing that Julie rode on the back of a motorcycle] Julie, how could you?
Julie Jackson: He was only giving me a ride home.
Barbara Jackson: How many time have we told you?
Julie Jackson: Yes, I know!
Barbara Jackson: How many times?
Julie Jackson: Yes, I'm sorry.
Barbara Jackson: You promised! You gave me your word!
Julie Jackson: I'm not a child anymore!
Barbara Jackson: What do you mean by that?
Julie Jackson: Well, I'm old enough to take care of myself.
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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a note by way of a correction
3 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

Hugh Whitemore is listed as the author of the teleplay of PACK OF LIES. It would be more accurate to say he co-wrote it. He wrote the original TV play that was then the basis of the stage play the was a success in London. It was less successful when it played New York and I saw it. He was signed to write the adaptation for HALLMARK. He delivered a draft. For some reason he decided to leave the project and I was brought in to do a rewrite. I made some substantial changes. I gather these annoyed him. He had the right to sign the script. I was told he disliked what I did so much he didn't want to be associated with it, so he signed his pseudonym, Ralph Gallup. I was billed as creative consultant.

The show was successful. "Ralph Gallup" was nominated for an Emmy, as were the show and Ellen Burstyn. (I watched the Emmys in my living room with a bowl of popcorn on my lap.) It was also part of the basis for HALLMARK's Peabody Award that year. If the credit were accurate, Whitemore would certainly have first position. I wouldn't make comment except that, of everything I've worked on for television (pilots, episodes, assignments, sitcoms, TV movies, soaps), this was my favorite project, and I remain pleased with my part in it.

I am one of Whitemore's fans, by the way.

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