Don Corey and Jed Sills operate Checkmate, Inc., a very high priced detective agency in San Francisco. Helping them protect the lives of their clients is British criminologist (once an Oxford professor) Carl Hyatt.

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Eric Ambler
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Complete series cast summary:
Anthony George ...  Don Corey 70 episodes, 1960-1962
Doug McClure ...  Jed Sills 70 episodes, 1960-1962
Sebastian Cabot ...  Dr. Carl Hyatt 70 episodes, 1960-1962
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Don Corey and Jed Sills operate Checkmate, Inc., a very high priced detective agency in San Francisco. Helping them protect the lives of their clients is British criminologist (once an Oxford professor) Carl Hyatt.

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Two daring private eyes head off violent crimes in this thrilling and unique new series by famed mystery author Eric Ambler (season 1)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

17 September 1960 (USA) See more »

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Ajedrez fatal See more »

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Jamco Productions See more »
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(70 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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One of the best
10 January 2007 | by ericoceanSee all my reviews

I loved this series, and I do not like television series in general. The cast was perfect: Corey as tough, worldly-wise chief of "Checkmate" and mentor to partner Doug McClure, who here was able to get away from the grinning, pretty-boy roles that would dog his career, playing the younger detective with (for him) a subdued grittiness. And then there was Sebastian Cabot--vested suits, walking stick, sparkling eyes, he stole every scene he was in. The writing was excellent, and yes, the opening was way ahead of its time. An all-around classy show with terrific guest stars...naturally it is not available on VHS or DVD. Another reason that even at that age I was in agreement with Newton Minnow's description of television programming as a "vast wasteland." And the waste is the stuff that makes it to TVland and DVD. Which would be fine if shows like "Checkmate" were not lost forever.


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