Kill Me If You Can (1977)





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The story of "red light bandit" Caryl Chessman, previously dramatized in the 1955 film Cell 2455, Death Row (based on Chessman's own book), was adapted for television as Kill Me If You Can. In a radical departure from his usual duties as MASH's Hawkeye Pierce, Alan Alda plays Chessman, who in 1948 was found guilty of robbery, kidnapping and sexual assault. Under the laws of the era, Chessman was sentenced to die in the gas chamber. But by studying the law and publishing four books on his plight, the brilliant (albeit still repugnant) Chessman managed to forestall his execution for 12 years. Though no effort is made in the film to make the sociopathic Chessman any better than he was, John Gay's script comes out squarely in opposition of capital punishment. Kill Me If You Can first aired on September 25, 1977.
Drama , Television
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Columbia Pictures


James Keach
as Officer #1
Alan Alda
as Caryl W. Chessman
Jason Johnson
as Binder
Carmen Argenziano
as Lieutenant
Tony Burton
as Price
Richard Smedley
as 2nd Reporter
F. William Parker
as Judge Guerin
Danny Dayton
as Prisoner
Joe E. Tata
as Kelton
Bill Morey
as Judge Rexford
William Bogert
as Silvers
Herb Vigran
as Jury Foreman
Maxine Stuart
as Mrs. Asher
Charlie Picerni
as Officer #3
Conrad Bachmann
as Warden Teets
George Sperdakos
as Court Clerk
Paul Napier
as 1st Reporter
Mwako Cumbuka
as 1st Clerk
James Brodhead
as Judge Carter
Rose Portillo
as Sarah Loper
Vivian Brown
as Juror #2
Donald Bishop
as Reporter
Clint Young
as Death Guard
Gary Epper
as Officer #4
Arnold Soboloff
as Dr. Graves
Tom Tarpey
as Guard
Loutz Gage
as State Superior Court Justice
Jim Malinda
as Reporter #2
Leonard Simon
as Court Clerk
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