Checkmate

Season 2 Episode 12

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Game

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Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Jan 03, 1962 on CBS
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Game
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In a mostly comedic episode, Jack Benny guest stars as Jack Bowen, a beloved TV comedian much like Benny himself, who is serving as the Grand Marshal of the Pioneer Bowl Parade and football game. Also in town for the big game is the Checkmate team, and while there they end up mixing business with pleasure after Jack becomes the apparent target of a would-be assassin.

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  • Uneasy mixture

    6.5
    Another uneasy mixture of genres. Benny spends much of this episode looking like a guest star in an extended sketch on somebody else's variety show, and occasionally his excessive gesticulations betray his background ("Hey Jack, this isn't the stage, you're in front of a camera now!"). There are also a number of decidedly unfunny jokes sprinkled throughout. Ginger is in this one, although she looks a lot more like Mary Ann here. The underlying premise was a bit tough to fathom, and I'm not sure I ever really bought it. At least the 3 leading players spent a good deal of time on camera (and quite often together too!). At times the foreshadowing of another assassination not long in the future involving someone named Jack seemed a bit eerie. Btw why did the photographer want to take Bowen's picture the first time? (that didn't seem to make too much sense).moreless
Jack Benny

Jack Benny

Jack Bowen

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Tina Louise

Tina Louise

Joanne Dunn

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Otto Kruger

Otto Kruger

George Emory

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