Like the others, I knew Name of the Game through
WCBS's Sunday night broadcasts throughout the '70s. It was one of the
first signature shows for Universal TV, setting the template for the Sunday
Night Mystery Movie, Wednesday Mystery Movie, etc. Originally, it ran
Friday nights at 8:30 which was an odd time slot for a 90 minute drama but that
There were two threads holding the series together,
one being Howard Publishing modeled loosely on Time, Inc. with gene Barry as
Glenn Howard, the founder and publisher. Robert Stack was the ex-FBI (!)
man turned editor for Crime Magazine and then there was Tony Franciosa as the
reporter (I believe) for People Magazine (how prophetic). The other thread
was Susan St. James as the perky gal Friday.
The series was introduced in a TV movie called Fame
is the Name of the Game, which was St. James' screen debut. It was
successful enough to spawn the series. Not the first of the "wheel"
series, but the most stylish of them all.
With that said, it should be noted that while
Universal gave us a show that led to Search, the latter was a Warner
production. For whatever reason, audiences preferred candy stick sucking
Frank Cannon to our high tech wonder. Go figure.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 6:14
Subject: Re: [probe_control] More on Name
of the Game
I'm in Omaha, Nebraska, and on our Mystery Channel listings
for the next
6 days it's not anywhere. However, they are showing
again; they had quit these for awhile, so it's possible
eventually start showing "Game" again.
Hi gang, I've been enjoying the posts on "The Name of the Game."
> was a classy show and had a fairly successful network run on
> although it was not that great of a syndicated success (partly
> it being a 90-minute show).
> Our interest in
it, of course, is due to the presence of star Tony
> Franciosa and
Leslie Stevens as one of the writer/producers.
> I have one
episode produced by Stevens and Dominic Frontiere is
> listed at the end
as having done the background music. There is a
> chase scene in
that episode which has music very similar to the chase
> music heard
during "The Murrow Disappearance." Dave Grusin is the
> one who
composed the distinctive opening "Game" theme music. Grusin
did the theme for "It Takes a Thief," which also had Stevens as
> That series ran here in Atlanta during late
Saturdays during the mid-
> 70's. At times the Franciosa episodes
seem like you're watching
> SEARCH because he approached the character
similarly. I'm told
> that "Game" ran for a while in recent years
on Encore's Mystery
> For those on the list
who are interested, I have five episodes
> of "Game." Four of them
are Franciosa shows, which are:
> "The Incomparable Connie
Walker," writer/producer Leslie Stevens
> "The Other Kind of Spy,"
directed by Boris Sagal
> "Blind Man's Bluff"
> "Jenny Wilde is
Drowning," directed by Boris Sagal
> The fifth episode I have
is the celebrated Gene Barry episode:
> "L.A. 2017" directed by
one Steven Spielberg.
> That last one is a sci-fi/fantasy
episode in which Gene Barry
> seemingly travels to the future and sees
the effects of pollution and
> environmental damage years hence.
> For those who want dubs, note that I can only get two episodes on a
> 160 at SP speed. Otherwise, it would be one episode per
> I don't get cable, so someone on this list who has
access to Encore's
> Mystery Channel, please find out if they are still
> I'd be interested in getting a few more of the Leslie
> Franciosa episodes.
> Don Harden
> --- In probe_control@y..., actingman@i... wrote:
> ...It's a show A & E should run. Since we can't get anybody to
> Your use of
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