The Deadly Game by James Yaffe

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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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  1. EDIE and ELY LANDAU and
    HILLARD ELKINS Present

    GEORGE SEGAL
    in

    "THE DEADLY GAME"

    Starring
    TREVOR HOWARD
    as Gustave Kummer

    ROBERT MORLEY
    as Emile Carpeau

    EMLYN WILLIAMS
    as Bernard Laroque

    ALAN WEBB
    as Joseph Pillett

    with
    LESLEY DUNLOP
    BRIAN BROUCHER
    CONNIE BOOTH

    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

    Executive Producer
    MORT ABRAHAMS

    Produced by
    EDIE and ELY LANDAU
    and HILLARD ELKINS

    Directed by
    GEORGE SCHAEFER

    The Cast

    Howard Trapp
    GEORGE SEGAL

    Gustave Kummer
    TREVOR HOWARD

    Emile Carpeau
    ROBERT MORLEY

    Bernard Laroque
    EMLYN WILLIAMS

    Joseph Pillett
    ALAN WEBB

    Nicole
    LESLEY DUNLOP

    Pierre
    BRIAN BROUCHER

    Helen Trapp
    CONNIE BOOTH

    Associate Producer
    DANNY STEINMAN

    BBC Producer
    NEIL ZEIGER

    Designer
    BRYAN ELLIS

    Lighting
    JOHN GREEN

    Sound
    BRIAN HILES

    Senior Cameraman
    RON GREEN

    Vision Mixer
    JOHN BARCLAY

    Videotape Editor
    MALCOLM BANTHORPE

    Technical Manager
    PETER GRANGER

    Properties Buyer
    FRANCIS SMITH

    Costume Designer
    SHEILA BEERS

    Make-up Artist
    CAROLINE NOBLE

    Assistant Floor Manager
    LAURA GILBERT

    Assistant to Mr. Schaefer
    ADRIENNE LURASCHI

    Production Manager
    PATRICK PREECE

    Production Assistant
    ROSALIND POOL

    Production Associates
    GEOFFREY PAGET
    CAROLYN MONTAGU

    Music and Special Sounds by
    ELIZABETH PARKER
    BBC Radiophonic Workshop

    Directed by
    GEORGE SCHAEFER

    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.

    www.hbo.com

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. great stuff. poor trap doesn't know he's being elegantly entertained by happy, self-serving, psychotic, sadistic murderers.

  9. 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.

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