Show Type: Adventure
First Telecast: September 20, 1968
Last Telecast: September 10, 1971
September 1968 - September 1971, Friday 8:30-10:00 on NBC
Glenn Howard..... Gene Barry
Jeff Dillon..... Tony Franciosa
Dan Farrell..... Robert Stack
Peggy Maxwell..... Susan Saint James
Joe Sample..... Ben Murphy
Andy Hill..... Cliff Potter
Ross Craig..... Mark Miller
The Name Of The Game was actually three series under one title. Each of the three stars of the show, Robert Stack, Tony Franciosa and Gene Barry, was featured in his own self-contained episodes. The connection between them was Howard Publications, a Los Angeles-based publishing empire that had been built up from scratch by its dynamic owner, Glenn Howard. Glenn's position of power, his confrontations with business and political enemies, and his own flamboyant lifestyle were portrayed in his portion of The Name Of The Game.
Within the Howard empire were investigative correspondent Jeff Dillon and editor Dan Farrell. Dillon was a super-aggressive former newsboy who had clawed his way up to a position of power and respect working for Howard's People Magazine. Farrell was a former FBI agent (possibly type-casting for Robert Stack who portrayed Eliot Ness in The Untouchables) who had gone into the publishing business because it provided a position from which to make the public aware of the threats posed by organized crime. He was the senior editor of Crime Magazine.
Common to all three elements of The Name Of The Game was Peggy Maxwell, the bright, ambitious, and occasionally somewhat kooky editorial assistant to all three men. Joe, Andy and Ross were reporters with recurring, but not weekly, roles.
What exactly was "The Name of the Game"? Well, the title of the 1966 TV-movie on which this series was based was more explicit. It was called Fame Is the Name of the Game.
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