Checkmate

Season 2 Episode 10

Nice Guys Finish Last

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Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Dec 13, 1961 on CBS
7.1
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Nice Guys Finish Last
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Police Lieutenant Dave Harker, a friend of Don's, is bitter after being denied a promotion to Captain, and decides to frame nightclub owner and high school rival Nick Culley, whom he blames for the pass over, for murder. Harker in turn is being blackmailed by a man who knows the truth. Devlin goes undercover as a rookie cop to keep an eye on Harker.moreless

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  • For laughs only

    6.0
    One suitable as a spoof only. Whitmore basically plays a larger (or smaller) than life Jack Webb years before Dan Aykroyd made it into an outright lampoon. The "lifelong grudge" bit is laid on as thick as everything else seems to be in this episode, and the girlfriend falling for Harker maintains the high level of inexplicability. The noir in this one is so dark in places that it seems like the Stevie Wonder Edition. At least you should be able to get a few laughs from the piquant (indeed, downright pungent) dialogue. Additionally, the Chris Devlin character shows up once again for no discernible purpose, yet still manages to get more screen time than any of the 3 principals; McClure (literally) phones his performance in for this one.moreless
James Whitmore

James Whitmore

Detective Lt. Dave Harker

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Dennis Patrick

Dennis Patrick

Nick Culley

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Diana Van der Vlis

Diana Van der Vlis

Hope Reardon

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