Checkmate (1960–1962)
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The Paper Killer 



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Episode complete credited cast:
Anthony George ... Don Corey
Doug McClure ... Jed Sills
Sebastian Cabot ... Dr. Carl Hyatt
Mickey Rooney ... Steve Margate
Dianne Foster ... Edna Margate
Dennis Patrick ... Jack Taggett
William Schallert ... Andy Winston
Betty Lou Gerson ... Bess Cadwallader
Donna Douglas ... Barbara Simmons
Allyson Ames Allyson Ames ... Receptionist


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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

25 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Jamco Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Kill the strip or kill the cartoonist
28 February 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Mickey Rooney guest stars in Checkmate as an old friend and client of Dr. Sebastian Cabot. Cabot remembers him as this meek little man who was a commercial draftsman. Now he's gone a personality change as if he's taken one of those assertive aggressive courses and is now a really boorish behaved individual to all around him.

However Rooney still has a lot of inner demons and just wants out of being a celebrity cartoonist. His strip concerns a romance novel action figure and he wants to kill it and move on as he finds the character taking him over. But some folks have a vested interest and are tired of being treated like doormats. So there's a nice little plot going to either kill him outright or drive him nuts.

It's not too hard to figure out who, but Rooney turns in a compelling performance of a man putting up an obnoxious front that's overtaking the real him.

Also there's a real treat in store when agent Betty Lou Gerson not knowing at first that Doug McClure is a Checkmate operative thinks he's another prospective pretty boy actor. A lot like the real McClure. Gerson not knowing it provides the solution to Checkmate's problems with Rooney.

You should watch this episode for the McClure/Gerson scene in any event.

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