Suspicion (1957–1958)
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A salesman seeks refuge from a blizzard in an old mansion. He meets three elderly men who convince him to participate in a mock-trial so they can practice their former callings of judge, prosecuting attorney and defense council.

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Don Medford

Writers:

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (story) (as Friedrich Durrenmatt), James Yaffe
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Episode credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Judge Winthrop Gelsey
Gary Merrill
Harry Townes
Joseph Wiseman
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A salesman seeks refuge from a blizzard in an old mansion. He meets three elderly men who convince him to participate in a mock-trial so they can practice their former callings of judge, prosecuting attorney and defense council.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Deadly Game is the greatest TV drama ever aired. I saw it Dec. 9, 1957
19 July 2011 | by sbackhusSee all my reviews

"Suspicion" - The Deadly Game (S1,E11), aired Dec. 9, 1957

On Monday night, December 9, 1957, I was in my dorm room, a freshman at Cornell University, Ithaca NY. Down the hall from my room, was a gathering room with chairs, tables, sofas, and a TV. The dorm advisors scheduled TV viewing for evenings, so around 8:00PM, I went there to see what was on. The room was pretty full, so I sat near the back just as the program, "Suspicion", came on. The host gave an introduction, (I think Boris Karloff said something), and the program, called, "The Deadly Game", began.

From the opening moments, in a snow storm in the country, to the incredible ending, the audience of bright, young men, would-be scholars, sat completely absorbed. Several times, I noticed that other students entered the room, looked at the TV, and then just stood there, watching in awe as the episode unfolded. A commercial came and went. No one moved or said a word. The story played on. Now the trial began. The commercials went unnoticed. The concentration and tension of the audience was palpable. I noticed that the room was now completely packed, shoulder to shoulder, standing room only.

"The Deadly Game", played itself out to its mesmerizing, horrifying, conclusion. The host returned to end the program, and a new show was about to begin. The audience slowly began to come back to its dorm-room reality. But, still no one left. Finally, as the young men in the room began to look around, one of the students standing at the back said, "That's the best TV show I've ever seen." Others of us nodded in agreement as we slowly began to disperse. I don't think anyone stayed to see what was on next. We had just experienced what I believe, to this day, was the greatest single TV drama ever aired.

It has been more than 50 years since I saw, "The Deadly Game", yet the memory of that night, and the experience of seeing it has lived with me as vividly as if it had played last night. I dearly wish it would be put on DVD, so it could be seen again today. Please, please, put it on DVD. Thank you!!

Written Tuesday, July 19th, 2011, Stephen E. Backhus

Gardnerville, Nv.


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