Checkmate

Season 2 Episode 20

Remembrance of Crimes Past

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Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Feb 28, 1962 on CBS
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Remembrance of Crimes Past
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Karen Vale, who served five years for acting as a courier for enemy agents, is staying at a halfway house for women run by a senator's widow, Mrs. Creighton, and faces the hostility of her fellow citizens and from protesters outside the house. Mrs. Creighton hires Checkmate to protect her. In the course of their services, the Checkmate team finds Karen's greatest threat is from her former comrades who have infiltrated the protesters and even the house itself to try and bring her back into their circle, or eliminate her.

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  • Damn Commies!

    8.0
    What distinction there is in this episode belongs mostly to Angie Dickinson, who gives a great performance in a rather thankless role as a Commie dupe. Also Joyce Van Patten is very good as a moll working on the sly. This one is definitely awash in Cold War paranoia, and McClure is pretty comical as we observe his picket-line infiltrations and posturings. Warren Stevens brings a slithering earnestness to his role (which was indeed an even more thankless one than Dickinson's). Naturally no Commies could have even an ounce of decency back then, so by the show's end they have been unmasked in all their heartless, pod-people sliminess. Still, the fact that the producers are able to cut Angie's character some slack and show that maybe she might be rehab-able after all indicates that maybe by then they were poking a few holes through the ice floes left over from the 1950s.moreless

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