To Tell the Truth (1956–1968)

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Classic game show in which a person of some notoriety and two impostors try to match wits with a panel of four celebrities. The object of the game is to try to fool the celebrities into ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
Bud Collyer ...
 Himself - Host (401 episodes, 1956-1968)
 Herself - Panelist / ... (360 episodes, 1957-1968)
 Himself - Panelist / ... (297 episodes, 1959-1967)
 Herself - Panelist (165 episodes, 1956-1961)


Classic game show in which a person of some notoriety and two impostors try to match wits with a panel of four celebrities. The object of the game is to try to fool the celebrities into voting for the two impostors. Each wrong vote would be worth $250 ($100 in the daytime version). Written by Brian Washington <>

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18 December 1956 (USA)  »

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(1962-1968) | (1956-1967)

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(1956-1966)| (1967-1968)
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Dorothy Kilgallen and Arlene Francis appeared on the November 8, 1965 edition of the CBS daytime series pretending to be Joan Crawford. At the time this was a relatively new gimmick on the show involving a guest celebrity. The three women appeared wearing black veils over their faces, and their voices were distorted by technicians. The panel had to determine who was the real Joan Crawford. This broadcast was videotaped six days earlier, on November 2. Kilgallen was found dead at home several hours before it was scheduled for airing. CBS still showed it, but the network assigned newscaster Douglas Edwards to announce her death immediately after the closing credits rolled. A short time thereafter CBS officials wiped the videotape, which they did to all daytime telecasts in 1965. No recording of it exists. See more »


Host Bud Collyer: [at the end of every show with a giggle and a smile] Don't you forget to tell the truth!
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Referenced in Tiny Toon Adventures: The Buster Bunny Bunch (1990) See more »


To Tell The Truth 1967
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A Great Show
29 June 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Goodson-Todman were the innovators in terms of game shows. This show, as well as What's My Line and I've Got a Secret, made up that company's great triumvirate of classic panel game shows. I grew up mainly looking at the syndicated version that was on during the 1970's with Gary Moore as host, but I've recently started looking at the original black and white version. Although I preferred the Gary Moore hosted version, the black and white version is still a treat to look at. Also, you get to see the two mainstays of the show, Peggy Cass and Kitty Carlisle when they were a little younger. Also, Tom Poston and Orson Bean were great on this show as well. Poston had pretty much a great deadpan style and Bean was pretty much the clown prince of the show. This show will always remain one of the classic games to ever appear on television.

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