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Beat the Clock 

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




1956   1955   1952  


Complete series cast summary:
Bud Collyer ...  Self - Host 15 episodes, 1952-1956
Dolores Rosedale Dolores Rosedale ...  Self / ... 7 episodes, 1952


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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 <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Introduced on CBS, it switched to ABC after eight years and lasted four seasons more there. See more »


Referenced in Game Theory (2003) See more »

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The Producers of Fear Factor and Dog Eat Dog Should Watch this Show
2 March 2005 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This is truly one of the classic game shows from the golden era of television. This show is definitely better than shows like "Fear Factor" and "Dog Eat Dog", which to me take the premise of "Beat the Clock" to a rather unwatchable extreme. At least the contestants of BTC didn't humiliate themselves or put themselves in great danger as they tried to win prizes every week. You really could tell that even if they lost on the show that they still had fun and really had a good time and it was for the whole family. The other two shows just seem like they take pride in trying to sicken as many people as they possibly can and they also seem to take great pride in humiliating people and putting them in all sorts of dangerous situations. Hopefully, a new generation can see why "Beat the Clock" was so beloved and then question why such garbage as the other two shows are still on the air.

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23 March 1950 (USA) See more »

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