Checkmate (1960–1962)
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Don't Believe a Word She Says 

Checkmate has more than one mystery to solve when they are hired by an unknown client to protect an unknown victim from an unknown killer at Felicia Royden's remote estate. Jed and Dr. ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), William Lindsay Gresham (story)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Anthony George ... Don Corey
Doug McClure ... Jed Sills
Sebastian Cabot ... Dr. Carl Hyatt
Mona Freeman ... Felicia Royden
Russell Collins ... Major Howard Kittering
Reta Shaw ... Nora Flannery
Robert Rockwell ... Ed Matthews
Norman Leavitt ... Railroad Station Agent
Judy Sanford Judy Sanford ... Carol Bowman
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Checkmate has more than one mystery to solve when they are hired by an unknown client to protect an unknown victim from an unknown killer at Felicia Royden's remote estate. Jed and Dr. Hyatt, posing as servants for the family, are puzzled by Mrs. Royden's strange little girl, Carol, who apparently makes up wild stories for no reason, but they soon begin to think Carol may hold the key to the mystery. Written by SweetBetsy

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Jamco Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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As butler and chauffeur
26 February 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Checkmate episode finds Sebastian Cabot and Doug McClure going undercover as butler and chauffeur in a household to prevent a murder. But whose murder? The kicker here is neither Cabot or McClure know who hired them and who they have to protect. It was all done through an attorney.

This is some household. Mona Freeman is a twice widowed woman, first husband fell down a flight of stairs and got cut with a sword on a suit of armor, the second one disappeared. She has a third prospect in Robert Rockwell who is paying court. But she also has a very disturbed adolescent daughter played by Judy Sanford who has killed many a courtship and just might be a bad seed. There's a caustic cook in Reta Shaw and a family adviser in Russell Collins who doles out the money.

It's from this interesting brew of witches and warlocks in the figurative sense that Cabot and McClure have to piece it together. As for Cabot this was dress rehearsal for his next series as Brian Keith's butler in A Family Affair.

Not hard to figure out, but still nice characterizations all around.


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