L.A. 2017

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"L.A. 2017"
The Name of the Game episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 16
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Story by Philip Wylie
Original air date January 15, 1971 (1971-01-15)
Running time 76 minutes
Guest actors
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"L.A. 2017" is a 1971 episode of the NBC television series The Name of the Game. Sometimes referred to as "Los Angeles: AD 2017" (the name of Philip Wylie's subsequent novel based on his script) or "Los Angeles 2017", this was a science fiction piece, shot for only $375,000. The director, the 24-year-old Steven Spielberg, used imaginative camera angles to drive his first movie-length television episode across and remarked in later years that the show "opened a lot of doors for me".

This was the sixteenth episode of the third season, and the cast included Barry Sullivan, Edmond O'Brien, and (in a brief cameo) Spielberg's friend Joan Crawford. The episode is 76 minutes long (90 minutes including commercials). The episode has never been released on home video, neither as a stand alone film, nor as a part of the series. Presenting the story as a dream was the only way that Wylie's science fiction tale could be fitted into the peculiar format of The Name of the Game, a show about the magazine business set in the present and rotating between Gene Barry, Tony Franciosa, and Robert Stack (and in the third season also featuring Peter Falk, Robert Wagner, and Robert Culp).

Plot[edit]

A publisher, Glenn Howard (Gene Barry), finds himself suddenly plunged 46 years into the future only to learn that the people of Los Angeles are living underground to escape the pollution and under the thumb of a fascist government run by psychiatrists.

At the end, Howard wakes up to discover it was all a dream—although there is a chilling final image of dead birds that hint at a troubled future ahead.

Cast[edit]

Gene Barry Glenn Howard
Barry Sullivan Dane Bigelow
Edmond O'Brien Bergman
Severn Darden Cameron
Paul Stewart Dr. Rubias
Alicia Bond Dr. Barton
Regis Cordic Chairman (as Regis J. Cordic)
Joan Crawford Board Member
Walt Davis Technician
Sharon Farrell Sandrelle
Michael C. Gwynne Dr. Parker
Steven Karpf Karpf (as Stephen Louis Karpf)
Geoffrey Lewis Bates
Sarah Lord Technician
Gloria Manon Dr. Arnold
Phil Montgomery Keeger
Stuart Nisbet Dr. Simmons
Jason Wingreen Hammond

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