Show Business: The Plot to Kill CBS

The central character of Playhouse go's opening show last month (TIME, Sept. 29) was a polished, elderly tyrant named Joseph Stalin, who lived in a palace called the Kremlin. His courtiers—named Beria, Malenkov, Molotov and Khrushchev-hated Stalin and hungered for his power. Together they plotted his death, and it turned out to be an easier job than they had supposed. Stalin suffered a stroke, and, as the CBS camera dollied in for the climactic closeup, Khrushchev dramatically refused him any aid.

Moscow really had little to complain about. Worse charges than a simple little murder have been brought against Russia's masters, and,...

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