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(1960–1962)

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Season 1

17 Sep. 1960
Death Runs Wild
When wealthy widow Beatrice Martin Kipp hires Checkmate, Jed and Dr. Hyatt must travel with her to her ranch to discover who is trying to kill her.
 
24 Sep. 1960
Interrupted Honeymoon
A desperate criminal, intending to flee the country, kidnaps a newly-wed bridegroom and takes his place, but not before the bride calls in Checkmate for help.
 
1 Oct. 1960
The Cyanide Touch
Dean Stockwell guest stars as a college student out to avenge the death of his fraternity brother who was killed by a car thief.
 
15 Oct. 1960
Lady on the Brink
A witness set to testify in a murder trial seeks the help of Checkmate fearing someone is attempting to discredit her testimony by making it appear that she is mentally unstable.
 
22 Oct. 1960
Face in the Window
A well respected archaeologist is about to murder a mysterious man, supposedly dead for many years. The doctor's fiancée hires the Checkmate team to stop the murder.
 
29 Oct. 1960
Runaway
A girl shows up at Corey's apartment, claiming that she is running from someone who is trying to kill her. However, the detectives all find that nothing she has said checks out, including her numerous aliases, and that she's actually an heiress running from a controlling grandmother. But it does appear that the part about someone trying to kill her may be the truth.
 
5 Nov. 1960
Target: Tycoon
A woman hired Checkmate to prevent the murder of her father, an oil magnate. He suspects his assailant is an ex-partner and wants a private showdown with his nemesis.
 
12 Nov. 1960
Deadly Shadow
A young widow is attacked and the only photograph of her dead husband, a Marine private is stolen. Checkmate investigates to thwart a conspiracy against her and the private the military claims never existed.
 
19 Nov. 1960
The Dark Divide
Barbara Rush plays a dual role as the inhibited Margaret Russell and the wild, heartless Nikki Garnett who feels no remorse for robbing a casino that results in the death of an accomplice. Checkmate is hired to prevent Nikki from destroying Margaret.
 
26 Nov. 1960
Moment of Truth
While on vacation in Tijuana, Don and Jed become involved in a murder investigation when Jed becomes the principal suspect.
 
3 Dec. 1960
The Mask of Vengeance
Checkmate is hired to protect an Ambassador's daughter receiving death threats from the Asian community after killing a Chinese child with her car. She has a history of speeding and is not being charged because of diplomatic immunity.
 
17 Dec. 1960
The Murder Game
The detectives are shocked when one of their mentors, a highly respected attorney and legal scholar now terminally ill, summons them to his home, along with six other people whom he once successfully defended in murder trials. He announces that one of the six was actually guilty of the crime, though he doesn't say which one, and that he intends to make that person pay now for their crime.
 
31 Dec. 1960
The Princess in the Tower
Corry and Sills's cleaning woman is killed in a fall just after warning Sills of a plot to kill a "princess"---a young woman who is planning a major renovation of some properties she owns.
 
7 Jan. 1961
Terror from the East
A missionary arrives from the east and contacts Checkmate to warn them about a plot to kill Tom Lin, a Chinese patriot currently in hiding in San Francisco; he has apparently been shot in the arm while trying to find Lin and warn him of the danger he is in. It soon turns out, however, that the missionary is actually an assassin sent to kill the daughter of Win Lee, a former Chinese warlord also residing in San Francisco.
 
14 Jan. 1961
The Human Touch
Alonzo Pace Graham, freed from prison after 15 years, seeks revenge on Dr. Carl Hyatt. Graham devises an elaborate plot intended not only to kill Hyatt but ruin his reputation as well. Hyatt is implicated in a murder - a murder that never occurred.
 
21 Jan. 1961
Hour of Execution
When a judge and friend of Dr. Hyatt receives telephone calls and letters threatening his life if a man he sent to death row is e executed, Checkmate investigates the guilty man and the judge's character.
 
28 Jan. 1961
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. 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.
 
4 Feb. 1961
Laugh Till I Die
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 ...
 
11 Feb. 1961
Between Two Guns
The Checkmate team has big trouble when Joe Farrell and his gang of hoods take them hostage at gunpoint. Farrell wants Don Corey to bring his estranged wife Jean and some stolen money he hid in her apartment to a boat where he intends skipping the country. If Don fails, both Jed and Dr. Hyatt, held hostage in their separate homes, will be killed. Farrell can't go for Jean himself, as rival gangsters are out after him; to complicate things even more, Farrell has a traitor in his gang trying to intercept Don and Jean who are desperately trying to bring the money to the ...
 
25 Feb. 1961
Melody for Murder
Checkmate is hired by a pop singer's agent to investigate death threats. Jed goes undercover as an aide to the performer and travels with him to Hollywood where the threats escalate to gun shots.
 
11 Mar. 1961
The Gift
Lola Tuscany, a temperamental lady soprano, is having premonitions of her death. After her concert she is almost poisoned and Checkmate Inc. is hired to keep her safe. Don Corey is skeptical, believing it is a publicity stunt, until he is nearly killed when a bomb explodes in the car he and Lola are driving in.
 
18 Mar. 1961
One for the Book
Audrey Meadows stars as a writer of a scandalous, best-selling novel based on an unsolved twenty-year old murder in her small town. She is writing a sequel that reveals the killer and hires Checkmate for protection when attempts are made to silence her.
 
1 Apr. 1961
Jungle Castle
After two attempts on his life, big game hunter Lee Tabor brings Dr. Hyatt and Carl to his home in the Malayan jungle. He asks for their help in finding out which of his three house guests is trying to kill him.
 
8 Apr. 1961
The Deadly Silence
Gangsters chase a deaf schoolteacher who has read their lips and so learned of their plan to bring fellow mobster Antonio Lucas into the country from Cuba.
 
6 May 1961
Voyage Into Fear
Joan Fontaine plays a woman who claims her husband is trying to kill her. Corey accompanied her on a cruise ship to protect her but her odd behavior raises doubts. Also onboard watching her closely is a private detective who claims to be hired by her husband,
 

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