"Storybook Squares" was the Saturday morning children's version of the popular daytime (and at one point, prime-time) game show, featuring celebrity ad-libs and tic-tac-toe. Two children aged 7 to 10, one competing as X and the other O competed for an entire show; the nine celebrities were dressed as famous historical (e.g., Paul Revere), literature (e.g., Robinson Crusoe) or characters from popular TV shows (e.g., Capt. James T. Kirk of "Star Trek"). The game rules were identical to the daily show (i.e., host Marshall reads a chosen celebrity a question, celebrity quip, agree or disagree). Each game was worth a $100 savings bond, which matured on the child's 18th birthday, plus a prize (e.g., a color television set, dance lessons). The child winning the most games at the end of the show won a larger prize (e.g., a family trip to Grand Canyon); however, even the child who lost was guaranteed a $100 savings bond and a prize. Though "Storybook Squares" lasted only a single season on the... Written by
One of the main differences between "Hollywood Squares" and "Storybook Squares" is that the various celebrity guests appeared as characters from folklore, literature, history, or other TV programs. This led to some very interesting (and sometimes bizarre) casting, such as: Roddy McDowall as Sherlock Holmes, Barbara Eden as Jeannie, Carolyn Jones as Morticia Addams, Marty Allen as Cupid, Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Charo as Queen Isabella, William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Wally Cox as Paul Revere, Soupy Sales as Henry VIII, Rip Taylor as Custer, Arte Johnson as the German Soldier from "Laugh-In," and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans as...Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. See more »
[as Guardian of the Gate]
Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye! Today, two young contestants will compete for valuable prizes on, The Storybook Squares!
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