Classic game show where couples (and sometimes families) competed to win prizes by completing stunts within a time limit.




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Complete series cast summary:
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"Beat the Clock" was one of televisions most durable game shows. Its popularity was derived from its simple format and wacky action. Two couples, preselected from the studio audience, had to complete various stunts within a time limit (usually 60 seconds or less) to win cash and prizes. Examples of the often-messy stunts (the centerpiece of the show) included blowing a plastic ship carrying a ping-pong ball from one side of a water-filled tub to the other, without allowing the ball to fall off; stuffing eight balloons in a lidded wastebasket without breaking any; and extracting three marshmallows buried in Jell-O using a spoon held in his mouth, then placing each marshmallow on a plate next to them. A huge clock counted down the seconds, as host Collyer provided commentary and encouragement. Couples who successfully completed their stunt won cash (usually $100 to $200, depending on the round) and a prize. After the first round of stunts, each couple got a chance to complete an ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Release Date:

23 March 1950 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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For a brief time in the early 50s , as advertised on "Beat The Clock", Sylvania marketed a TV set that featured an electric "Halo Light" which formed a frame around the TV screen. It was meant to enhance the picture. It never caught on with the public and was eventually removed from their product. See more »


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27 January 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Roxanne Arlen was not on this show.It was Delores (Roxanne) Rosedale that was the co-star.In the early 50s she was a major league star...and among the most glamorous females on TV.Many people remember Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield,but the actress with real style,real quality and real honor was Roxanne Rosedale.Her run on Beat the Clock (1950-1955) made her a regular television attraction for untold how many guys.From what I read she left the show to get married and have a child.I guess after that she became a full time mom and wife and ducked the Hollywood scene.Roxanne even had a Roxanne doll back in her Beat the Clock days.It sorta didn't look a whole lot like her,but she handed them to girls that appeared on the show with their parents.The dolls had a camera with strap that went around the dolls neck,much like the real Roxanne did on the show when a contestant would get covered in some gloppy mess,she would dart out from offstage with camera at the ready to take a snap of the laughable scene.Of course using the Sylvania blue dot for sure shot flash bulb the sponsor was hawking.Wonder if there ever was any film in that camera....and if so,where are those shots today? There very much needs to be a DVD of seasons of Beat the Clock offered for sale,the 3-4 episodes (Kinescope versions)that are now commercially available are surely not enough for BTC and Roxanne fans everywhere. *******Update*********** Roxanne fans....we need to straighten the Roxanne tale out....Seemingly every site has Roxanne Arlen in the place of Dolores Rosedale.....We know she was married in 1954 to Tom Roddy from New York,and we know she had a daughter "Anne" in 1955 after her Beat the Clock stint was over.She was dismissed from Beat the Clock,supposibly asking for more money.She later blamed it on Bud Collyer for her dismissal,him being jealous of her and all (false).She was in a 15 second beach scene in "the Seven Year Itch",and was on many magazine covers.She wanted to be a serious actress and a wife more than anything else on earth.She got 50% of her wish by 1954.There's what we know people.....Keep the Roxanne Rosedale spirit alive.....lets set her career straight...and find out what happened to the biggest thing on TV in the 50s.....

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