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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.


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