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The Plot Thickens (1963)

An unsold pilot for a game where four panelists in a set roughly resembling a court room sit opposite four suspects. They watch a film that runs about ten minutes showing a murder story. ... See full summary »

Writers:

Robert Bloch (mystery script), William Castle (creator)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Linkletter Jack Linkletter ... Self - Host
Stanley Ralph Ross ... Self - panelist
Jan Sterling ... Self - panelist
Groucho Marx ... Self - panelist
Warrene Ott Warrene Ott ... Self - -Bailiff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay Adler ... Mr. Lowe
Arthur Batanides ... Kazam
Linda Bennett Linda Bennett ... Lois
James T. Callahan ... Arnold Martin (as James Callahan)
Frederic Downs ... Sid
Isobel Elsom ... Selena Ruysdael
Kathryn Givney ... Martha Collins
Richard Halley Richard Halley ... Self - professional private detective
Vinton Hayworth ... Roy Nesbit
Joe Maross ... Penfield
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An unsold pilot for a game where four panelists in a set roughly resembling a court room sit opposite four suspects. They watch a film that runs about ten minutes showing a murder story. They evaluate it and cross examine the characters from the film. If one of them guesses the perpetrator from the clues offered, and beats the one panelist who's a professional detective, a monetary prize is given. Written by WesternOne

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How could they ever think that this would have made a good TV series?!
2 June 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I really enjoy seeing TV pilot episodes. Most of them never actually did become a television series--and seeing what might have been is pretty interesting. In the case of "The Plot Thickens", you can clearly see why the program never became a regular show...its concept was poor and it really was a rather dumb show.

The show consisted of a "What's My Line" sort of panel consisting of some detective, some ordinary guy, Jan Sterling (the actress) and, of all people, Groucho Marx. The four watch a re-enactment on the television about a crime and then the four panelists interview four folks from the re-enactment to try to deduce WHO the murderer is.

There were two huge problems with the program. First, the show was incredibly static and lacked energy and fun. As a result, it was awfully dull. Second, some of the acting in the re-enactment was simply god-awful....embarrassingly bad even. These, combined with a dumb game show idea made for a VERY difficult show to even finish...it was THAT bad!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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