Checkmate (1960–1962)
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The Checkmate boys have their hands full in protecting their client Danny Whitman from racketeer Frank Marsdon when Danny starts a one-man crusade against the crime king-pin and his wife. ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Weis

Writer:

Berne Giler
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Anthony George ... Don Corey
Doug McClure ... Jed Sills
Sebastian Cabot ... Dr. Carl Hyatt
Dick Shawn ... Danny Whitman
Robert Emhardt ... Frank Marsdon
Joanne Linville ... Mona Whitman
H.M. Wynant ... Jim Ramsey
Elen Willard ... Jane Marsden
Jennifer Howard Jennifer Howard ... Corinne Marsdon
Stewart Bradley Stewart Bradley ... Taxi Dispatcher
Don Wilbanks Don Wilbanks ... Victor Curran
Nina Shipman Nina Shipman ... Elizabeth Buford
Penny Edwards ... Angie
Brad Weston Brad Weston ... Spa Owner
Leonard Bell Leonard Bell ... Marty Rawls
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The Checkmate boys have their hands full in protecting their client Danny Whitman from racketeer Frank Marsdon when Danny starts a one-man crusade against the crime king-pin and his wife. Marsdon's drunken wife, Corinne, killed two people in a car accident, and Danny, determined not to see justice thwarted by Marsdon's threats and bribes, continues to publicize the accident and subsequent trial on his television show, gaining for him the animosity of Frank Marsdon. What Checkmate doesn't know is that Danny has now become a pawn in another person's scheme against Marsdon, doubling the danger for him. Written by SweetBetsy

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Jamco Productions See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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26 February 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Dick Shawn who was a rising up and coming comedian at the time is the Checkmate client in this episode. He plays a comedian/commentator who has taken a particular interest in retired gangster Robert Emhardt who married a socialite. Seems as though the wife killed a couple of people while driving drunk and Shawn is publicizing the case to the umpteenth degree.

Shawn's character is clearly based on humorist Mort Sahl who was in vogue during the early Sixties. Since Sahl is pretty much forgotten these days audiences today would not get the reference. But those who watched in 1961 knew very well who this was based on.

One of the more straightforward Checkmate stories since this was clearly a case of guarding the body and anticipating Emhardt's moves. Shawn's a bit more serious here than in his well known film roles in It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. But he does fine with the part.


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