The Name of the Game (1968–1971)
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The White Birch 

August, 1968: As the Russian tanks roll into Czechoslovakia, Glenn Howard has a chance to smuggle out the manuscript of a new book which is "political dynamite".


Lamont Johnson


Dean Hargrove (teleplay), Luther Davis (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Gene Barry ... Glenn Howard
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Emilio Fazio
Pete Duel ... Chernin (as Peter Deuel)
Bethel Leslie ... Miss Haggblad
Roddy McDowall ... Philip Saxon
Susan Oliver ... Tatiana Czaleynokis
Boris Karloff ... Mikhail Orlov
Susan Saint James ... Peggy Maxwell
Richard Jaeckel ... Malchek
Louise Sorel ... Marie Fazio
Lilia Skala ... Madame Orlov
Malila Saint Duval Malila Saint Duval ... Hedrika Heldjob
Robert Wolders ... Dubrek


August, 1968: As the Russian tanks roll into Czechoslovakia, Glenn Howard has a chance to smuggle out the manuscript of a new book which is "political dynamite".

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Release Date:

29 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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The final performance of Boris Karloff, broadcast November 30 1968, two months before his death on February 2 1969. See more »

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The great Karloff's final performance
15 October 2008 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

After a stint in Hollywood during the spring completing his scenes in 4 Mexican features, Boris Karloff spent his final summer relaxing until 3 television appearances loomed in the fall. Comedy stints for Red Skelton and Jonathan Winters were followed by a brief dramatic role in the 11th episode of Gene Barry's "The Name of the Game," entitled "The White Birch." As Mikhail Orlov, Boris is first seen in a wheelchair, hands shaking, the apparent victim of a stroke. When we, and star Gene Barry, next see Karloff, he rises from a chair with surprising ease to implore Barry to take with him Orlov's memoir of life behind the Iron Curtain, "The White Birch," now disguised as a volume of Twain's "Tom Sawyer." A convinced Barry departs, leaving Boris behind in the wheelchair, repeating his prior charade. Our initial apprehension upon the sight of Boris Karloff's ailing appearance evaporates when we next see his smiling, reassuring countenance, revealing no loss of ability as we bid the actor a fond farewell after 50 years on screen. This episode was broadcast on Nov 29 1968, whereupon Boris traveled back to England, where he died in a Midhurst Sussex hospital on Feb 2 1969.

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