They Call It Murder
|They Call It Murder|
|Directed by||Walter Grauman|
|Written by||Sam Rolfe|
|Based on||The D.A. Draws a Circle (novel) and characters
by Erle Stanley Gardner
in association with 20th Century Fox Television
|December 17, 1971|
They Call It Murder is a two-hour television film produced by Paisano Productions in association with 20th Century Fox. It was a pilot for a proposed TV movie series based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, who edited the script by Sam Rolfe. Walter Grauman directed; Cornwell Jackson was executive producer. The film is loosely based on Gardner's 1939 novel, The D.A. Draws a Circle.
They Call It Murder was first presented December 17, 1971, on NBC. Gardner had died by the time the film finally was given its world premiere. Paisano Productions had worked to launch a Doug Selby series for six years, while its series Perry Mason was in its prime. No series materialized, and this TV movie marks Selby's sole screen adaptation.
- Jim Hutton as Doug Selby, D.A.
- Lloyd Bochner as A.B. Carr
- Jo Ann Pflug as Sylvia Martin
- Robert J. Wilke as Sheriff Rex Brandon
- Edward Asner as Chief Otto Larkin
- Bill Elliott as Deputy Bob Terry
- Míriam Colón as Anita Nogales
- Jessica Walter as Jane Antrim
- Carmen Mathews as Doris Kane
- Leslie Nielsen as Frank Antrim
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- TV Scout (December 17, 1971). "Pick of the Programs". North Adams Transcript.
- Lowry, Cynthia (December 16, 1971). "Good Actors Make Holiday Fantasy on 'Night Gallery'". Alton Evening Telegraph (Associated Press).
- "They Call It Murder". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
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