Friday, June 20, 2014

The Name Of The Game (1968-1971)

The Name Of The Game (1968-1971)

The series was based on the 1966 TV movie Fame Is the Name of the Game, directed by Stuart Rosenberg and starring Tony Franciosa. The Name of the Game rotated among three characters working at Howard Publications, a large magazine publishing company. Jeff Dillon (played by Tony Franciosa), who was a crusading reporter with People magazine (this was before a real-life People magazine)  Glenn Howard (played by Gene Barry, who took over for George Macready, e had originated the role in the earlier film). And finally Dan Farrell (played by Robert Stack), the editor of Crime magazine. Serving as a common connection was Susan Saint James as Peggy Maxwell, the editorial assistant for each.


Cast
 Created by Jennings Lang

Tony Franciosa as Jeff Dillon (first and second seasons; 3 episodes in 3rd season.)
Gene Barry as Glenn Howard
Robert Stack as Dan Farrell
Robert Culp as Paul Tyler (third season, 2 episodes only)
Peter Falk as Lewis Corbett (third season, 1 episode only)
Robert Wagner as David Corey (third season, 1 episode only)
Darren McGavin as Sam Hardy (second season, 1 episode only)
Vera Miles as Hilary Vanderman (second season, 1 episode only)
Susan Saint James as Peggy Maxwell (supporting role, one co-lead role)
Ben Murphy as Joe Sample (supporting role)
Mark Miller as Ross Craig (supporting role)

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