Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
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Once Upon a Savage Night 

Police authorities in Chicago are seeking serial killer "Georgie Porgie." His M.O. is to murder blondes with a "cheap" reputation. He was thought to have "gone south for the winter" after a... See full summary »


Robert Altman


David Moessinger (teleplay), William P. McGivern (story)


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Episode credited cast:
Charles McGraw ... Harry Brockman
Robert Ridgely ... Dan McVeay
Ted Knight ... Carl Lombardo
Philip Abbott ... Myron Ellis
Barbara Turner ... Bernadette
Charlene Lee Charlene Lee ... Wynnette
Douglas A. Alleman Douglas A. Alleman ... Ralph
Arlene Kieta Arlene Kieta ... The Blond
John A. Alonzo ... Officer Miller
Robert H. Harris ... Officer Newman (as Robert Harris)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Frann Mary Frann ... Annette
Jan Marsh Jan Marsh ... Dancer


Police authorities in Chicago are seeking serial killer "Georgie Porgie." His M.O. is to murder blondes with a "cheap" reputation. He was thought to have "gone south for the winter" after a killing in Tennessee. But he has returned to Chicago and kills a woman in the middle of a strip club. Georgie Porgie is somewhere on the Illinois Tollway. However, the manhunt is complicated by a missile convoy moving through the Chicago area. Written by Bill Koenig

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

2 April 1964 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Production Co:

Roncom Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A very early show about serial killers.
13 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the 1960s, TV and movies rarely talked about serial killers-- though they are pretty common fair today. It seems that a murderer nicknamed by the press 'Georgie Porgy' is out murdering blondes-- especially those who have a particular 'cheap' look. He was apparently in Chicago and moved south...but now he's back in Chicago and doing what serial killers do best. Can the cops (led by Charles McGraw and Ted Knight) stop this maniac? And, how is this all complicated a missile convoy coming through town?

The look and feel for this episode is quite different from the other shows from "Kraft Suspense Theatre". Producer/director Robert Altman took the show on the road and filmed it on location--and it looks a lot more real than the usual episodes. It also was incredibly brutal--especially for 1960s television. Overall, it's a very tense and well done episode--and actually ages pretty well.

By the way, these shows were broadcast in color but the episode I found on YouTube was in black & white--and of very dubious quality. Also, it was funny to see that the killer was played by Philip Abbott--a guy who played a government agent for years on "The FBI"!

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