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To Tell the Truth 

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 »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Bud Collyer ...  Himself - Host / ... 451 episodes, 1956-1968
Kitty Carlisle ...  Herself - Panelist 383 episodes, 1957-1968
Tom Poston ...  Himself - Panelist 317 episodes, 1959-1967
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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 voting for the two impostors. Each wrong vote would be worth $250 ($100 in the daytime version). Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Genres:

Family | Game-Show

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1956 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1962-1968) | (1956-1967)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (1956-1966)| Color (1967-1968)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The working title for the show was "Nothing But the Truth". In fact, a pilot was filmed with this as the title and the host was future 60 Minutes (1968) correspondent Mike Wallace. See more »

Quotes

[last lines spoken each episode]
Host Bud Collyer: [says goodnight to the panel, then faces the camera] Bud Collyer saying goodnight from >>name of sponsor<< and
[points right index finger at camera]
Host Bud Collyer: reminding you to tell the truth.
[waves at camera]
Host Bud Collyer: Good night, everybody.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Frasier: To Tell the Truth (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

To Tell The Truth
(1962-1967)
(Theme 2)
Composed by Bob Cobert (BMI)
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Still one of the best
5 December 2001 | by dfmockSee all my reviews

Packager Mark Goodson rightly called it the most golden game show idea of all. It's also one of Bob Stewart's masterworks, for Stewart created the Goodson-(Bill) Todman classic -- as he also did 'The Price Is Right' and 'Password'.

While the idea had roots in 'People Are Funny's Detecto segment, the Goodson-Todman crew developed a format in which not only the studio participants and the viewers could play along, but which still offers insights into human nature -- what better question to make people really think than 'which of these folks is lying?'

Stewart's ideas, Goodson's packaging, and the great supervision of executive producer Gil Fates meshed into a classic which lasts to this day, with the bright, polished John O'Hurley manning the moderator position first held by Bud Collyer (Mike Wallace did the pilot).

'Truth' is a timeless show that deserves to be one of two ('Price' is the other) to span six decades of national television.


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