Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz aka Stump the Stars


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About

From Wikipedia:

Pantomime Quiz is an American television game show produced and hosted by Mike Stokey. Running from 1947-1959, it has the distinction of being one of the few television series—along with The Arthur Murray Party, Down You Go, and The Original Amateur Hour -- to air on all four TV networks in the US during the Golden Age of Television.

Overview

Based on the parlor game of Charades, Pantomime Quiz was first broadcast locally in Los Angeles from November 13, 1947 to 1949; In that format, it won an Emmy Award for "Most Popular Television Program" at the first Emmy Awards ceremony. The competition involved two teams of four contestants each (three regulars and one guest). In each round, one member acts out (in mime) a phrase or a name while the other three try to guess it. Each team had five rounds (in some broadcasts there were only four); the team that took the less amount of time to guess all phrases won the game.

Home viewers were encouraged to send in suggestions for phrases to be used in a telecast. Those that were actually used earned cash or a prize for the people who sent them; a bonus was given if the team trying to solve it could not do so within two minutes.

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Who talked about this show

Steve Allen

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Steve Allen on an early TV appearance on Pantomime Quiz
00:32

Stan Chambers

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News correspondent Stan Chambers (then stagehand) on how the popularity of KTLA's Pantomime Quiz led it to the CBS network 
00:41

Robert Clary

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Robert Clary on appearing on Stump the Stars (originally Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz), and on playing Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec on stage
03:00

Dick Van Dyke

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Dick Van Dyke on appearing on Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz with Carol Burnett

Angela Lansbury

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Angela Lansbury on appearing on Pantomime Quiz because she needed the work
00:49
Angela Lansbury on being a regular on Pantomime Quiz for a short time
00:39

Howard Morris

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Howard Morris on appearing on Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz, and being "paid" with complementary visits to Sardi's
00:25
Howard Morris on appearing on Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz
00:30

Tom Poston

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Tom Poston on acting as a panelist on To Tell the Truth and other Goodson-Todman game shows
04:09

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