Checkmate (1960–1962)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Anthony George ... Don Corey
Doug McClure ... Jed Sills
Sebastian Cabot ... Dr. Carl Hyatt
Sid Caesar ... Johnny Wilder
Dianne Foster ... Phyllis Wood
Jimmy Lydon ... Ben Roberts (as James Lydon)
Norman Burton ... Lou Lewis
Charles Seel ... The Electrician
Lyn Thomas ... Tiger Rag
Robert Chadwick Robert Chadwick ... Jim Corday


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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

15 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Jamco Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


It is evident the Johnny Wilder character was based on Al "Jazzbo" (later Jazzbeaux) Collins, who, from 1959, had an overnight radio program in San Francisco on KSFO. See more »

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The demons he deals with
2 March 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

We are told that the character Sid Caesar plays here is based on a real life performer in the San Francisco area. I thought it might have been based on Jean Shepherd whom I listened to as a lad in New York City. But Shepherd at his iconoclastic best had nothing on Caesar and the demons he's dealing with.

I was really taken with what Caesar did with this role. He's popping pills like a madman and has taken residence in the radio studio. He's afraid to leave because he's getting threatening phone calls so he stays there surrounded with only those he knows.

It's Caesar's wife Dianne Foster who calls in Checkmate because she's seriously concerned about his mental health. Let's say she's got every reason to be.

For those who only know Sid Caesar as one of the pioneer funny men of television this Checkmate episode is an eye opener.

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