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2 October 1961 (USA) See more »
Two celebrity-contestant teams compete to guess words by giving one-word clues in this all-time classic game show.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 108)
Allen Ludden ... Himself - Host / ... (113 episodes, 1961-1975)

Elizabeth Montgomery ... Herself (86 episodes, 1966-1975)

Series Directed by
Mike Gargiulo (4 episodes, 1964-1967)

Stu Phelps (unknown episodes)
Ira Skutch (unknown episodes)
Lou Tedesco (unknown episodes)
Series Produced by
Frank Wayne .... executive producer / producer (2 episodes, 1964-1967)

Howard Felsher .... producer: ABC version (unknown episodes)
Rita Moyes .... associate producer: ABC (unknown episodes)
Fred Tatashore .... associate producer / producer: CBS version (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Bob Cobert (unknown episodes)
Kurt Rehfeld (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Ted Cooper (unknown episodes)
Henry Lickel (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Bill Bohnert (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Ed Reardon .... production supervisor (1 episode, 1964)

Herb Benton .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Don Dresser .... production supervisor: CBS version (unknown episodes)
Walt Garrity .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Kevin Monarch .... unit manager: ABC (unknown episodes)
Harry Murray .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Len Ufland .... associate director (1 episode, 1964)
Series Art Department
Bill Bohnert .... settings designer (1 episode, 1964)
Series Sound Department
Larry Schneider .... audio (1 episode, 1964)

Bud Lindquist .... audio: CBS version (unknown episodes)
Larry Schnieder .... sound (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Robert Conlan .... special effects: CBS version (unknown episodes)
Justin Zizes .... special effects director (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gene Ulrich .... lighting director (1 episode, 1964)

Jim Fitzgerald .... lighting director: CBS version (unknown episodes)
Dick Holbrook .... lighting director: CBS version (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Minnie Ballantine .... program staff (1 episode, 1964)
Gail Bohrer .... program staff (1 episode, 1964)
Jay Chicon .... technical director (1 episode, 1964)
Ellie Hudak .... program staff (1 episode, 1964)
Joan Klinger .... program staff (1 episode, 1964)
Betty Mandeville .... talent coordinator (1 episode, 1964)
Rita Moyes .... program staff (1 episode, 1964)
Sharon O'Connell .... program staff (1 episode, 1964)
Anne-Marie Schmitt .... assistant to executive producer (1 episode, 1964)
Fred Tatashore .... program staff (1 episode, 1964)

Judy Clifton .... contestant coordinator (unknown episodes)
Judith Creifelds .... program staff (unknown episodes)
A.J. Cunningham .... technical director: CBS version (unknown episodes)
Carolyn Duncan .... word authority (unknown episodes)
Reason A. Goodwin .... word authority (unknown episodes)
Robert Gray .... associate director: CBS version (unknown episodes)
David H. Greene .... word authority (unknown episodes)
Sandra Hart .... program staff (unknown episodes)
Claudet McPherson .... production assistant: CBS version (unknown episodes)
Phillip W. Rossi .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Martha Russell .... program staff: CBS version (unknown episodes)
Frederica Schlaff .... program staff (unknown episodes)
Robert Stockwell .... word authority (unknown episodes)
Len Ufland .... associate director (unknown episodes)
Pamela Wesley .... program staff: CBS version (unknown episodes)

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Also Known As:
"Password" - USA (original title)
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30 min (2655 episodes)
Black and White (1961-1966) | Color (1966-1967 and 1971-1975)
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In 1967, on the milestone of the 1500th episode of "Password All-Stars" (1961), Allen Ludden was presented with a tiny trophy and the reading of a proclamation by that week's guest stars Joan Fontaine and Jack Jones.See more »
[the final ABC telecast on 13 June 1975]
Host:Some time, somewhere, some day there will be another game show, but never one with the class of this one.
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A True Game Show Classic, 27 September 2006
Author: hfan77

Password was definitely a true classic as a well as a pioneer in the game show genre. It had all the elements for success. A simple format, home audience participation (if you didn't look at the word on the screen) and an outstanding host in Allen Ludden. He was the best game show host of all-time since he kept the game moving, treated both the celebrities and contestants very well and showed a lot of class. He was also one of the best dressed emcees and one of the first to wear open shirts.

As a game show pioneer, Password was the first to pair contestants with celebrities and the first to use a bonus round, Without Password, there would have been no Pyramid. Both games were created by Bob Stewart.

The original version would have lasted longer if CBS wouldn't have preempted the show on the same day The Newlywed Game debuted for a Vietnam War news conference. The Chuck Barris show cut into Password's dominance. Also, Fred Silverman, who headed CBS Daytime Programming was not a fan of game shows and he killed off classics such as I've Got a Secret, What's My Line and Password. But fear not, the game was the first to air reruns and that led to the 70s revival on ABC.

As for the 70s version, it was also ground breaking. It was the first network game show to be revived, though Goodson-Todman survived through a network game show drought with syndicated versions of What's My Line, To Tell the Truth and Beat the Clock and it was also the company's first show to be produced in Hollywood.

When Password returned in 1971, the main game and Lightning Round remained the same. The only change was the addition of the Betting Word, where a contestant can double their winnings by guessing another password in 15 seconds. There was also an updated set and new theme music and of course, Allen Ludden as host.

This version was a success for three years before the format became old and tired. Instead of cancelling the show, the producers changed the format and title to Password All Stars. An outstanding game was ruined by more complicated rules and the fact that game show fans like to see real people win money instead of celebrities playing for charities. Even Allen Ludden was uncomfortable with the new format. Eventually, the show went back to using civilian contestants but the game was still too complicated and was cancelled in June 1975.

I'll always remember Allen Ludden closing each show with "The password for today is..."

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