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Post"The Plot to Kill Stalin": Playhouse 90, 1958 (Edward Jajko, USA, 06/19/18 4:32 pm)
On September 25, 1958, the CBS TV network telecast an episode of the often-distinguished dramatic series Playhouse 90, entitled "The Plot to Kill Stalin."
I can still recall seeing this program, at the beginning of my first year in college. I recall the performance of Oskar Homolka, with his bushy eyebrows, as Nikita Khrushchev. The thrust of the story, I believe, was that Stalin was going off the rails and that Khrushchev and others conspired to murder him. The Soviets were displeased and closed the CBS news offices in Russia in punishment. Or, in other words, The Death of Stalin has been done before, and closer in time to the real events.
JE comments: Plus ça change: The Death of Stalin was banned in Russia. Why, after De-Stalinization, were the Soviets, and later the Russians, so thin-skinned about insulting the Vozhd?