THE DEADLY GAME is a stage play written by James Yaffe adapted from the novelTrapps by Friedrich Durrenmatt. In this production the cast is as follows:
Emile Carpeau . . . . . . . . .Robert Morley
Bernard Laroque . . . . . . Emlyn Williams
Joseph Pillet . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alan Webb
Nicole . . . . . . . . .. …. . . . Lesley Dunlop
Pierre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brian Croucher
Howard Trapp . . . . . . . . . .George Segal
Gustave Kummer . . . . . . Trevor Howard
A Visitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . Connie Booth
Three retired men of law on a remote mountain in Switzerland amuse themselves by going through the legal ceremony of prosecuting strangers who drop in. An American traveling salesman is their guest on a snowy evening. Although their “deadly game” seems foolish to him, he agrees to it to humor his hosts. Since he has never been guilty of a crime in his life, he is unable to propose anything they can try him for. After a little amiable social conversation, the retired prosecutor discovers a plausible case. He accuses the traveling salesman of having murdered his boss. At first, this appears to be a wild improvisation. But Mr. Yaffe, using Mr. Durrenmatt’s novel as a source book, gradually makes something real out of phantoms. By ingenious questioning, he proves his case out of the witness’ own mouth –New York Times
THE DEADLY GAME was first presented by Alton Wilkes and Joe Manchester in association with Emil Coleman at the Longacre Theatre, New York City, on February 2, 1960. It was directed by William Gaskill. The production was designed and lighted by Wolfgang Roth.
A slightly revised version of THE DEADLY GAME was first presented by Alton Wilkes and Jim Mendenhall Productions at the Provincetown Playthouse in New York City, on February 13, 1966. It was directed by Mr. Wilkes; sets and lighting were by Richard Jackson; and the Executive Technical Director was Ben Wampler.
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Lesley Dunlop was cute and sexy as a bug….well, you know what I mean.
EDIE and ELY LANDAU and
HILLARD ELKINS Present
"THE DEADLY GAME"
as Gustave Kummer
as Emile Carpeau
as Bernard Laroque
as Joseph Pillett
Based upon the Novel by
FRIEDRICH DUERRANMATT as
Adapted for the Stage by JAMES YAFFE
And Produced for the Stage by
JOE MANCHESTER and ALTON WILKES
In Association with EMIL COLEMAN
EDIE and ELY LANDAU
and HILLARD ELKINS
Assistant Floor Manager
Assistant to Mr. Schaefer
Music and Special Sounds by
BBC Radiophonic Workshop
This has been an Edie and Ely Landau, Hillard Elkins Production in Association with BBC and Primetime Television
Edie and Ely Landau ©1982
All Rights Reserved.
Been looking for this for years. Remember it being on early days of cable in the early 80s.
Wonderful well acted, good to see some great old actors, thank you for sharing xx
I searched and searched for this. I watched this as a boy in 1982. I forgot the title but remembered it was on early HBO. I really liked it all the way back then and now I understand it much more (more of the meaning underneath the story itself). I've watched it again, twice within the past week .. Lol. Any other suggestions for something along these lines and thanks so much for publishing.
Thank God you posted this remarkable gem. I think the first time I saw it is when it first aired on HBO.
The only sad part about this version of the teleplay is that there is none of the music that accompanied the version shown on HBO. That music truly added something to this already outstanding play. But I couldn't possibly complain, for, like others, I have been doing regular searches for this, on YT and elsewhere. What a joy to have finally found it. Thank you so much for uploading!
thank you for posting. i wish i could find the TV version with Boris Karloff playing the "judge"
I knew when I saw Ely Landau's name on the credits this was going to be a gem. Sadly, according to IMDB, Alan Webb must have died right after this excellent production. Many thanks for showing!!
Watched this on HBO in 1982… like others have been looking for it ever since… Amazon has the VHS tape for $75 … thanks for posting.
Thank you for posting this!!! It's so great to see the fine writing and acting in this play again. I love Trevor Howard's Gustav particularly and always thought Connie Booth a very talented and attractive actress, even though she has such a small part in this play.
Thanks for posting this. Any chance that you could redo it in hi-def? Thanks again!
Fantastic. I've spent years looking for this little movie and to no avail through my usual channels (inter-library loans), only to find it here on youtube, and it was quite delightful. A wonderful discovery. Thank you so much!
great stuff. poor trap doesn't know he's being elegantly entertained by happy, self-serving, psychotic, sadistic murderers.
music man… you made my day
thanks for posting this excellent play. when hbo was into providing at least some clean entertainment, this play was shown quite a few times in the early eighties…a fond recollection of my childhood.
Thank you very much for posting this, MusicMan!