McMillan & Wife (1971–1977)
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The Game of Survival 

Mac and Sally find themselves investigating a murder when their host, Ewing Webley, is murdered. Webley is a very rich man having made his fortune in the insurance industry and is survived ... See full summary »


Harry Falk


Leonard Stern (created by) (as Leonard B. Stern), William Driskill


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Stewart McMillan
Susan Saint James ... Sally McMillan
John Schuck ... Sgt. Charles Enright
Nancy Walker ... Mildred
Stefanie Powers ... Rachel Webley
Andrew Duggan ... Ewing Webley
William Windom ... Ted Hoffenstein
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Renaldo Martinez - Foreman (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
Bobby Riggs ... Bobby Riggs
George Maharis ... Walter Webley
Robert Wolders ... Ilia Astrov
Titos Vandis ... Mr. Boravitch (as Tito Vandis)
Kenneth Tobey ... Sgt. Halliday
Bryan O'Byrne ... Clifford - Butler
Diana Wyatt Diana Wyatt ... Sara Jewkes


Mac and Sally find themselves investigating a murder when their host, Ewing Webley, is murdered. Webley is a very rich man having made his fortune in the insurance industry and is survived by his son Walter and his much younger wife, Rachel. Many people had a motive for killing him. His wife may have been having an affair with tennis pro Ilia Astrov who's just had his sponsorship terminated by the now dead man; as well, the man didn't see eye to eye with his son who felt diminished by his father's success. In his will, Ewing Hubley left most of his estate to his son but the investigation reveals that his corporation was on the verge of bankruptcy and that recently obtained loans were redirected to the Webley charitable foundation. A case of mistaken identity is central to the case however. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

20 October 1974 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Yugoslavian tennis player Ilia Astrov is based upon the real life Romanian Ilie Nastase, who at that time was a real life tennis champion known for his fiery temper. See more »


When the newspaper headline "Astrov Eludes Police" is shown in close up, the text shown as part of the article is just nonsensical double talk. The text above the headline for a different story is the same nonsensical double talk. See more »

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Tennis Anyone?
23 January 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of McMillan&Wife finds Rock Hudson and Susan St.James at a tennis club where a pregnant St.James is looking to improve her backhand from tennis pro Robert Wolders. So is their host Stefanie Powers, trophy wife to the wealthy Andrew Duggan. It's Duggan whose death they wind up investigating and all signs point to Wolders who has disappeared.

Naturally Hudson isn't buying it and he's never happy except when he's taking leave of his administrative duties and doing actual police work with the assistance of his wife and trusty housekeeper Nancy Walker. There's one scene in which Hudson who was about 6'4" had to almost bend in half to give Nancy Walker peck on the cheek. Walker was barely over 5 feet tall. They did look a bit silly.

Other suspects include Duggan's son George Maharis who was always playing surly characters and this is no exception. The will leaves him the bulk of the estate. There's also William Windom who is Wolders manager and he gets a hefty insurance policy settlement if something happens to him.

I had this one half figured out, there were two perpetrators and I only guessed one of them.

As the Nick&Nora Charles of the 70s Rock and Susan were always stylish, no exception here.

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