Five-day-a-week syndicated revival of one of Goodson-Todman's most durable and longest-lived formats: A celebrity panel determines which of three contestants is the actual person associated with a given story.
The 1969 version of "To Tell the Truth" was among the best known of all versions of this durable format. Many game show fans fondly remember this version for the colorful, "groovy" set (used from 1969-1973, after which a conservative, blue-accented set was used) and its soft rock-flavored lyrical theme. The format, however, remained the same as always: A team of three contestants, one the actual person associated with a story and two imposters, tried to fool the four-member celebrity panel. An affidavit relating a person's story is read sometimes funny; sometimes serious; sometimes inspirational; sometimes having to do with their profession, political activity or cause they were actively involved in; but always interesting. The celebrity panelists, one at a time, question the three contestants (addressing them by No. 1, No. 2. and No. 3) in an attempt to expose the liars and determine who was telling the truth. After all four celebrities have had their turn to question the team, they ...Written by
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During the premier episode of the final season, Garry Moore acted as host. However at the end of that episode, Moore announced that he was retiring as host and handed over the reigns to then panelist Joe Garagiola. See more »
I was on the program with Gary Moore, Bill Cullen, Kitty Carlisle, Peggy Cass and I don't recall the fourth.
I was an impostor for a man who, blinded at birth by an accident, had his sight restored at about age 27 or 28 (also my age then).
Prior to the restoration, he had graduated college, met and married, had two kids and one dog. He had no memory of seeing a cloud, his family, a dog, a car, a tree, a house, as a Jew a Star of David, a globe of the Earth, a sunrise or sunset, the Moon; the list was endless.
I got two votes, Kitty and Peggy.
Does anyone know how to get a kinescope of the program?
It was great fun although as a stutterer I was afraid I'd be found out. The puce shag carpeting fixed that, as any contestant will confirm, and since it was a live broadcast, that was really important.
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