Checkmate (1960–1962)
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A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Game 

Jack Bowen(basically Jack Benny playing himself) is Grand Marshal of the Pioneer Bowl.after he finds a time bomb in his briefcase,he calls Checkmate to help him.*SPOILER ALERT*Midwest wins the Pioneer Bowl 42-0.

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Jack Bowen
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Jo Ann Dunn
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George Emory
Edward Mallory ...
Arthur Cole
Robert Karnes ...
Lt. March
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The Bellhop (as William Idelson)
Suzanne Noel ...
Queen
Darlene Lucht ...
Princess Babette
Darah Marshall ...
The Girl
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The Clerk
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Jack Bowen(basically Jack Benny playing himself) is Grand Marshal of the Pioneer Bowl.after he finds a time bomb in his briefcase,he calls Checkmate to help him.*SPOILER ALERT*Midwest wins the Pioneer Bowl 42-0.

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3 January 1962 (USA)  »

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Although Jack Benny is essentially playing himself, he does deviate from his established persona at one point: he tips the bellhop a dollar (which would be about $8 in 2016 dollars). In a typical scenario, he likely would've tipped a dime. See more »

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Bernie Baruch and Jack Benny
6 March 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Checkmate's client in this story is the committee running the fictitious Pioneer Bowl Committee standing in for the real live Rose Bowl. It seems as though one of the two grand marshals in the parade is being threatened. Soon some real substantive incidents occur.

Jack Benny playing a Jack Benny like comedian named Jack Bowen is one of the marshals. He's getting some threats and there are some attempts at killing him. During the parade there's a shot fired and it hits the other grand marshal Otto Kruger.

The best part of this episode are the scenes with Benny and Kruger. Jack is looking for investment advice and Kruger just wants to bask in Jack's celebrity glow and maybe get a few personal ad libs.

Today's audience wouldn't get it, but Kruger's character is based on the legendary Central Park bench millionaire and philosopher Bernard Baruch who people were always trying to get investment tips from. He would usually try to put them off in the manner you see Kruger doing.

Seeing Jack Benny is never something to pass up.


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