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To tell the truth 1956-show
To Tell The Truth CBS
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Aired
Pilot, 1956 "Nothing But The Truth"
CBS Primetime, December 18, 1956 – September 25, 1966
CBS Daytime, June 18, 1962 – September 6, 1968
CBS Primetime, December 12, 1966 – May 22, 1967
Run time
30 Minutes
Hosts
Mike Wallace (1956 Pilot)
Bud Collyer
Sub-Hosts

Ralph Bellamy
Gene Rayburn
Bert Convy
Mark Goodson

Announcer
Bern Bennett December 1956 – June 1960
Roger Foster 1960
Gene Wood
Johnny Olson October 1960 – September 1968
Origination
CBS Studio 59, New York City, New York (December 1956 – June 9, 1960)
CBS Studio 52, New York City, New York (June 16, 1960 – September 1968)

To Tell the Truth (originally Nothing But the Truth in the pilot) was a game show where three people who claim to be someone are questioned by a panel of four celebrities. One of them is the real person while the other two are just impostors. The panelists take turns questioning the people about their subject and then try to guess which of the three people is the truth teller. 

Game formatEdit

To start, three contestants all of whom claim to be the same person introduced themselves (most of the time the contestants are of the same sex, on rare occasions there would be a mixture of both sexes), then the host read the sworn affidavit of the real person. After the affidavit was read and when the challengers went over to their desk, the panelists one by one asked a series of questions to the challengers based on the affidavit in some way for an unmentioned amount of time. The impostors were allowed to lie, but the real person was game bound to tell the truth (hence the name of the show). Once one panelist's time was up, another panelist started questioning. Once the entire panel's time was up, they started to vote for whoever was the real person. Each panelist showed his/her vote, and regardless of whoever they voted for, the appropriate panelist's vote for the appropriate contestant was signified by an "X" (in most versions the Xs appeared in lights, but in the 90s version only, the Xs were on flip cards). Once all the votes were cast, the real person then revealed himself/herself by standing up by virtue of the host saying "Will the real (insert person's name) please stand up?". After the real person revealed himself/herself, the impostors told everyone their real names & occupations; then there was a brief chat (sometimes a stunt) to the real person. For each incorrect vote, the team of challengers won some money.

Panelist's DisqualificationEdit

Sometimes, a panelist would recognize or actually know one of the challengers, not necessarily the real person. If and when that happened, the panelist can disqualify himself/herself (later renamed recusal) causing an automatic wrong vote and giving the challengers money for that vote.

Audience VoteEdit

In the 60s daytime version and the 50s pilot, the audience got in on the fun by making a vote themselves. The challenger with the majority vote got that vote. In case of a two-way or three-way tie, it worked the same as the panelist's disqualification; for that vote was considered wrong and the challengers picked up the incorrect vote value.

PayoffsEdit

Here are the payoffs for the incorrect votes according to the version:

  • 50s Nighttime Version - Each incorrect vote was worth $250 meaning that a complete stump was worth $1,000. If the entire panel chose the same challenger and was correct, the challengers still won $150.
  • 60s Daytime Version - Each incorrect vote was worth $100 meaning that a complete stump was worth $400. When the audience vote was instituted in the original CBS daytime version, the maximum prize was raised to $500.

PersonnelEdit

PanelistsEdit

Regular Panelists included:

TriviaEdit

The original 1956 pilot called Nothing But the Truth hosted by Mike Wallace aired on Buzzr as part of their To Tell the Truth marathon in conjunction with the ABC reboot hosted by Anthony Anderson on June 12, 2016.

International VersionsEdit

Main Article: To Tell the Truth/International

MerchandiseEdit

Board GameEdit

A home game was released by Lowell in 1957.

Interactive Online GameEdit

An interactive online version of To Tell the Truth where you were allowed to play along with the show was once availiable thru their website at GSN.com.

PhotosEdit

Main Article: To Tell the Truth/Photos

Episode StatusEdit

See Also: To Tell the Truth/Episode Guide

VideoEdit

Nothing But The Truth (Pilot)32:23

Nothing But The Truth (Pilot)

To Tell The Truth - Christmas Eve 195724:36

To Tell The Truth - Christmas Eve 1957

To Tell the Truth - Final Evening Network Braodcast (1 of 3)09:42

To Tell the Truth - Final Evening Network Braodcast (1 of 3)

To Tell the Truth - Final Evening Network Braodcast (2 of 3)09:02

To Tell the Truth - Final Evening Network Braodcast (2 of 3)

To Tell the Truth - Final Evening Network Braodcast (3 of 3)10:24

To Tell the Truth - Final Evening Network Braodcast (3 of 3)

To Tell The Truth (mid-60's promo)00:18

To Tell The Truth (mid-60's promo)





















See AlsoEdit

To Tell the Truth (1969)
To Tell the Truth (1980)
To Tell the Truth (1990)
To Tell the Truth (2000)
To Tell the Truth (2016)

LinksEdit

To Tell the Truth @ Pearson's official website (via Internet Archive)
'To Tell the Truth' Debuts on CBS in Daytime
FremantleMedia North America & Jeff Gaspin To Revive 'To Tell the Truth'
FremantleMedia Looking to revive 'To Tell the Truth'
Classic Celebrity Panel Game Show Coming Back
Sorry, ABC, but you can't beat the original To Tell the Truth

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