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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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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quiz | non fiction


Family | Game-Show






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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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On the January 18, 1965 broadcast, the panel of I've Got a Secret (1952)'Bill Cullen' , Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson) replaced the panel of this show (Tom Poston, Peggy Cass, Orson Bean and Kitty Carlisle) in an event known as the "Night of the Big Switch". Ironically, Cullen would become a panelist on the syndicated version of To Tell the Truth (1956) several years later. 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 The Nutt House: To Tell the Truth (1989) See more »


To Tell The Truth
(Theme 2)
Composed by Bob Cobert (BMI)
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I cannot tell a lie--I love "To Tell the Truth"!!
5 May 2001 | by (Parkersburg, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

Another winner from the stable of Goodson/Todman and it was a very durable program in its day. Four panelists try to figure out, through questions, which one of the three people connected with the story of an event, was the correct person. The black and white version with Bud Collyer as host holds up the best to me--maybe it is the innocence of the times, but all versions of this program were enjoyable--unfortunately, as time went by, the versions seemed to diminish all around. I mean, the last two versions only lasted one season each!! That should tell us something. But always, it was the final fateful question of "Will the real-------, please stand up? that was fun, especially if the four panelists picked the wrong person. The audience would just go wild in the screams and applause and it was always a thrill to hear and see that!! I could spend all day watching back to back episodes of "To Tell the Truth", "What's My Line" and "I've Got A Secret" and never be bored!! Classic programs all around!!

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