A high-stakes version of the classic game show, hosted by Gene Rayburn. A group of celebrities would be given a sentence with a missing word, which they would then have to fill in. The ... See full summary »
Charles Nelson Reilly
In this game show, contestants answer trivia questions and then compete in a timed race through the supermarket. The team that has the most valuable items in their shopping cart at the end of the race wins.
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 »
Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 ... See full summary »
"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive ... See full summary »
Nine celebrities, seated in a three-by-three tier as in a tic-tac-toe board, joined two contestants one of them a champion in a game known best for the celebrities' witty answers to questions. The object was to win an otherwise standard game of tic-tac-toe by determining whether a celebrity was giving a correct answer to a general knowledge question or bluffing ("agree" or "disagree"). Contestants selected a celebrity, for which host Marshall read a question; a correct decision to agree or disagree by the player allowed him/her to place their mark in that box, while the opponent's mark was placed there if said decision was incorrect (unless it led to tic-tac-toe, in which case the contestant had to earn the box). During the first complete game of a show, a "Secret Square" game offered the contestants a bonus prize package for a correct answer. The contestant winning the best-of-three match was champion and returned to face a new challenger. Five-time champions retired un-defeated with... Written by
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Celebrities were not required to give the right answers for any questions. They were briefed before each show to help them with possible bluff answers, but were hearing the actual questions for the first time when each show was taped. Certain celebrities were often asked questions pertaining to specific categories. For example, Paul Lynde frequently got loaded questions just so he could come up with an initial funny response. See more »
Paul, how do we know the first Union flag was sewn by Betsy Ross?
[in a deep overly-serious voice, singing popular TV jingle of the time]
You look for, the Union Label, when you buy...
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Putting SOME VARIOUS loose pats together, the creative team of Merrill Heater & Bob Quigley soon found that they had something that was greater than the sun of its parts. Although there was really nothing new, in and of itself; yet the very pleasant half hour installments continually pulled in huge Nielsen Ratings.
FIRST OF ALL, we have the assembly of nine showbiz personalities, the configuration of a Tic Tack Toe game, two contestant, competition for board position based on questions asked and answered. Add to this we add a great, likable MC and see the magic flow freely.
ALTHOUGH THIS WHOLE premise could have fizzled and blown up on the launch pad, careful engineering and selection of permanent panelists provided us with a tightly knit sort of kaleidoscope of a laugh fest.
ONE VERY POWERFUL element that may have tipped the scales of a potentially fickle public was the selection of Peter Marshall as the Host. It was during the 1950s that he was half of the Comedy Team of Noonan & Marshall. Playing the role of Straihght Man to Tommy Noonan's stooge proved to be the perfect training for asking the stars their questions.
AND SPEAKING OF those questions and the answers that kept us all in stitches for years, there are some misconceptions about them. In spite of popular belief, the questions were premeditated and known to both Host and the celeb in question. Ergo, the responses were also preconceived; be they comical or straight answers.
THIS ALLOWED REGULARS, such as Wally Cox, Rose Marie, Clif Arquette (Charley Weaver), Joan Rivers and especially Paul Lynde to come up with the most amusing responses on a consistent basis.
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