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




1955   1952  


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Complete series cast summary:
Bud Collyer ...
 Himself - Host (13 episodes, 1952)
Dolores Rosedale ...
 Herself / ... (5 episodes, 1952)
John Reed King ...
 Himself - Substitute host (3 episodes, 1952)


"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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

stunt | kinescope | non fiction | See All (3) »


Family | Game-Show






Release Date:

23 March 1950 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in Ramäge (Mobility Cathexis) (1972) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Where's "Roxanne"?
22 February 2006 | by (Hyattsville, MD) – See all my reviews

Whatever happened to Dolores Rosedale? Is she still alive? If so, she would in her late seventies. I've come across more than one site that identifies her with Roxanne Arlen--so the IMDb is not alone in this. I'm not certain how the confusion started, unless Ms. Arlen (who died today, Feb. 22) herself did some game shows. The two women are the same physical types (curvacious blondes), but it is quite obvious, from the pictures of the two at a Roxanne-dedicated website, that they are different people. It's curious that someone who was once so famous could slip so completely into oblivion. You'd think that some TV historian would be scrambling after her story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Beat the Clock NIKKILOU41
I was on the show in Jan of 1956 rayndonna
IMDB Corrects Paul-308
Beat the Clock episode 09/04/54 magicman2113
Discuss Beat the Clock (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page